Excerpt from The Royal Navy, Vol. 7 of 7: A History From the Earliest Times to the Death of Queen Victoria
Begun at a time when I was in my usual good health, Volume I. Was still in the rough when I was attacked by a malady, which, though its action is sometimes slow, seldom ... spares the life of its victim; and, in consequence, I was suddenly ordered away from England, where alone I could have prosecuted the work under conditions entirely favourable. Except during brief intervals, I had to remain abroad or in the Channel Islands until the autumn of 1902. These facts account for some part of the delay.
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