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American Detective Fiction    April 1841-July 1891

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  Published in
Janesville [WI] Gazette, November 7, 1850

This story was originally published as “Recollections of a Police-Officer: The Twins” in Chambers' Edinburgh Journal on June 21, 1850.

This story was later published in the collection Recollections of a Police-Officer by William Russell, under the pseudonym Thomas Waters (London: J.& C. Brown & Co., 1856).

Prior to the British publication of this volume, a pirated collection of the stories—also titled Recollections of a Police-Officer—was published in America (New York: Cornish and Lamport, 1852).

 

 

"The Twins," continued from p. 10

which the newspapers had so absurdly conferred on him, was, with his amiable lady and family, about to leave England for Italy, where they intend to remain for some time.” The expressed but uncompleted will of the deceased baronet, Sir Thomas Redwood was carried into effect, and the legacy intended for Mr. Malvern paid over to him. The Williamses never, to my knowledge, attained to the dignity of a notice in the newspapers; but I believe they pursued their original intention of passing over to America.

Thus not only “offence’s gilded hand” but some of the best feelings of our nature, not unfrequently “shove by justice,” and place a concealing gloss over deeds which, in other circumstances, would have infallibly consigned the perpetrators to a prison, or perhaps the hulks. Whether, however, any enactment could effectually grapple with an abuse so natural and amiable, is a question which I must leave to wiser heads than mine to determine.

 

   

 

   


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