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VII - Tales of Ardevora II - Smugglers and elections

TThis volume, the second of three, in this series alone, about St. Ives which he termed Ardevora (Cornish: ar devra, ‘Upon the haven’), include four of his tales recounting the:-;

  • Smuggling activities of John Carter, the King of Prussia;

  • Events in the corrupted, mazed, 1768 Parliamentary election in St. Ives where a woman with eight daughters was placed on the electoral roll despite women not being enfranchised;

  • Followed by a description of the scandal as recorded by John Hobson Matthews in his authoritative, 1892, ‘History of the Parishes of Saint Ives, Lelant, Towednack and Zennor in the County of Cornwall’;

  • Developing friendship between a wealthy man and a fisherman due to the, supposedly, nefarious activities of the fisherman’s granddaughter;

  • Contest between two smugglers for the affections of a local girl containing a fictionalised account of one of the adventures of Harry Carter, the brother of the King of Prussia which was adapted from Harry Carter’s recording of events in his ‘Autobiography of a Cornish Smuggler’.

It is interesting that two of Q’s maternal great uncles served on a naval dispatch boat The Black Joke and were captured by French privateers in 1810. Some time after their release they sailed to Tenereiffe as part of an armed merchant convoy but were never heard of again.

Series I                      Series II                     

I         The Arrest of Captain Bligh

II        The Roll Call of the Reef

III       The Last Siege in England

IV       Tales of The Looe Die-Hards I - The Short Stories

V        Tales of The Looe Die-Hards II - The Mayor of Troy

VI       Tales of Ardevora I - Prisoners of War in France

VII      Tales of Ardevora II - Smugglers and Elections

VIII     Tales of Ardevora III - Ia

IX       Christmas Tales

X        Highwaymen