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Chapter 52: 499-510

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Conococheague
Conococheague Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River, is a free-flowing stream that originates in Pennsylvania and empties into the Potomac River near Williamsport, Maryland. It is approximately 80 miles (130 km) in length, with 58 miles (93 km) in Pennsylvania and 22 miles (35 km) in Maryland. The watershed of Conococheague Creek has an area of approximately 566 square miles (1,470 km2), out of which only 65 square miles (170 km2) (12% of the area) are in Maryland. From WIKI

that burn'd and bloodied little huddle of Cabins
Fairly certain this section is referring to the Enoch Brown School Massacre

Lancaster as a scene of horror
Lancaster was the scene of a Paxton Boys massacre. see Lancaster Alphabetical Entry

Capt. Evan Shelby
See Alphabetical Entry

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"Of course 'tis back-to front"
See page 228.

Grub-Street
Until the early 19th century, Grub Street was a street close to London's impoverished Moorfields district that ran from Fore Street east of St Giles-without-Cripplegate north to Chiswell Street. Famous for its concentration of impoverished 'hack writers', aspiring poets, and low-end publishers and booksellers, Grub Street existed on the margins of London's journalistic and literary scene. It was pierced along its length with narrow entrances to alleys and courts, many of which retained the names of early signboards. Its bohemian society was set amidst the impoverished neighbourhood's low-rent flophouses, brothels, and coffeehouses. From WIKI

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Squall-clouds
The term "squall" is universally used to refer to a sudden wind-speed increase, both historically and in the present day. From WIKI

"Then they began with the Bagpipes."... Wolfe
Recalls Mason's remembrance on pages 312-313 See Wolfe, James

Braddock
See Edward Braddock alphabetical entry.

Bap
Bap (often a larger soft roll, roughly 5-6 inches in diameter). Dough can contain fats such as lard or butter to provide tenderness to dough. Can come in multiple shapes dependent on region. Baps as traditionally made in Scotland are not sweet, unlike the Irish version which may contain currants. The 9th Edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary (1995) says that the word "bap" dates from the 16th century and that its origin is unknown. From WIKI

"when in 'fifty-six"
See page 198.

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"Been out upon the Pavement m'self... Tyne Keelmen, back in 'fifty."
See page 244.

Slad Brook
Slad is a village in Gloucestershire, England, located in the Slad Valley, about 2 miles from the town of Stroud. From WIKI

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ceteris paribus
All other things being equal

"back in 'fifty-six... Clothiers leaping from the Upstairs windows"
See page 198.

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Rum affliction
Rum: (British, colloquial) Strange, peculiar. From WIKI

Bisley Parish
Bisley-with-Lypiatt is a civil parish in the Stroud district of Gloucestershire, England. From WIKI

Sapperton Church
Where Rebekah Mason was buried.

Sapperton is a village and civil parish in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, located 4.7 miles west of Cirencester. It is most famous for Sapperton canal tunnel and its connection with the Cotswold Arts and Crafts Movement in the early 20th century. The parish includes the villages of Sapperton and Frampton Mansell. The outlying hamlet of Daneway lies in the parish of Bisley, but is nearer to the village of Sapperton and often considered a part of it. Sapperton is listed in the Domesday Book as 'Sapleton'. From WIKI

Cockfield Fell
Cockfield Fell was one of the earliest Landsale collieries in Durham. Richard II granted to the inhabitants of Durham licence to export the produce of the mines, the majority being transported from the Port of Sunderland complex which was constructed in the 1850s. The port was the largest in Durham and the fourth biggest in Britain. From WIKI

"You can get above it... above Distance, above Time itself"
A foreshadowing of an overarching thematic plotline of ATD, the Chums of Chance throughline? Notice the line about apprehending "all at once the plexity of possible journeys", which seems to be a clue to some meanings of ATD thru the Chums.

Aides-memoires
Memory aids

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Relievo
A relief is a sculptured artwork where a modelled form is raised, or, in a sunken-relief, lowered, from a plane from which the main elements of the composition project (or sink). Reliefs are common throughout the world, for example on the walls of monumental buildings. From WIKI

book upon Navigation
Reference to Emerson's book, A Treatise of Navigation (1755).

Hob Headless
See page 215.

Old Hell-Cat of Raby... Elizabeth, Lady Barnard
Elizabeth, Lady Barnard (formerly Elizabeth Nash, née Elizabeth Hall) (baptised 21 February 1608 - 17 February 1670) was the granddaughter of the famous English poet and playwright William Shakespeare, and was also his last descendant. From/See WIKI

Lamentations of Jeremiah
See page 240.

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Counter-scarps
A scarp and a counterscarp are the inner and outer sides of a ditch used in fortifications. In permanent fortifications the scarp and counterscarp may be encased in stone. In less permanent fortifications, the counterscarp may be lined with paling fence set at an angle so as to give no cover to the attackers but to make advancing and retreating more difficult. From WIKI

Machicolations
A machicolation is a floor opening between the supporting corbels of a battlement, through which stones could be dropped on attackers at the base of a defensive wall. The design was developed in the Middle Ages when the Norman crusaders returned. A machicolated battlement projects outwards from the supporting wall in order to facilitate this. A hoarding is a similar structure made of wood, usually temporarily constructed in the event of a siege. Advantages of machicolations over wooden hoardings include the greater strength of stone battlements, as well as the fireproof properties. From WIKI

Arabs
The Arabian or Arab horse (arabic: فرس ) is a breed of horse that originated in the Middle East. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is one of the oldest horse breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses from the Middle East spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bone. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse. From WIKI

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Hurworth
Hurworth-on-Tees is a village in the borough of Darlington, within the ceremonial county of County Durham, England. It is situated to the south of Darlington, next to the meeting point of the River Skerne and River Tees. From WIKI

pari passu
Part and parcel

Castle Lepton
See page 410.

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rustick Monteith
Monteith: A bowl used for the cooling of wine glasses. From WIKI

Osnabrigs
Osnaburg was a coarse type of plain textile fabric, named for the city of Osnabrück (from which it may have been first imported into English-speaking countries). Originally made from flax yarns, it has been made from either flax, tow or jute yarns, sometimes flax or tow warp with mixed or jute weft, and often entirely of jute. The finer and better qualities form a kind of common sheeting, and the various kinds may contain from 20 to 36 threads per inch and 10 to 15 picks per inch. It began to be woven in Scotland as an imitation from a German import of a coarse lint or tow-based linen cloth in the later 1730s. It quickly became the most important variety in East-Central Scotland. Sales quadrupled, from 0.5 million yards in 1747 to 2.2 million yards in 1758. It was exported mainly to England, the Netherlands and Britain's colonies in America, and some rough fabrics were called "osnaburg" as late as the mid-twentieth century. From WIKI

Annotation Index

One:
Latitudes and Departures

1: 5-11, 2: 12-13, 3: 14-29, 4: 30-41, 5: 42-46, 6: 47-57, 7: 58-76, 8: 77-86, 9: 87-93, 10: 94-104, 11: 105-115, 12: 116-124, 13: 125-145, 14: 146-157, 15: 158-166, 16: 167-174, 17: 175-182, 18: 183-189, 19: 190-198, 20: 199-206, 21: 207-214, 22: 215-227, 23: 228-237, 24: 238-245, 25: 245-253


Two:
America

26: 257-265, 27: 266-274, 28: 275-288, 29: 289-295, 30: 296-301, 31: 302-314, 32: 315-326, 33: 327-340, 34: 341-348, 35: 349-361, 36: 362-370, 37: 371-381, 38: 382-390, 39: 391-398, 40: 399-409, 41: 410-421, 42: 422-435, 43: 436-439, 44: 440-447, 45: 448-451, 46: 452-459, 47: 460-465, 48: 466-475, 49: 476-483, 50: 484-490, 51: 491-498, 52: 499-510, 53: 511-524, 54: 525-541, 55: 542-553, 56: 554-561, 57: 562-569, 58: 570-574, 59: 575-584, 60: 585-596, 61: 597-607, 62: 608-617, 63: 618-622, 64: 623-628, 65: 629-632, 66: 633-645, 67: 646-657, 68: 658-664, 69: 665-677, 70: 678-686, 71: 687-693, 72: 694-705, 73: 706-713

Three:
Last Transit

74: 717-732, 75: 733-743, 76: 744-748, 77: 749-757, 78: 758-773

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