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Issue Details: First known date: 1868... 1868 The Merchant's Secret
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The tale opens on the deathbed of Daniel Westcott in Yarmouth in 1814. His son Charles, and daughter Marianna and her husband Richard Faulkner seek to frustrate the old man's wish to send for his lawyer, Somers, and make a will leaving most of his possessions to Percy Gordon. But the maid, Alice, arranges it and Daniel W. adds a mysterious declaration in another document before he dies. Then Somers is robbed and murdered and the documents stolen. Charles and Marianna refuse to welcome Percy to their home and tell him nothing of his possible legacy. His fiancée, Lenora Murray, consoles him but her father now opposes their match because Percy has apparently no fortune and Charles seeks her hand. Percy takes command as a privateer and wins success. On his return however he has to weather far more secret warfare to win the hand of Lenora and find his real identity. (PB)

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First known date: 1868
Serialised by: The Australian Journal 1865 periodical (901 issues)
Serialised in the Australian Journal in 20 weekly instalments between 29 August 1868 and 9 January 1869.
Last amended 30 Oct 2008 07:34:03
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    United Kingdom (UK),
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1814
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