The Life of Nelson, Volume 1

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Eastburn, Kirk & Company, 1813

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Page 187 - Success attend Admiral Nelson ! God bless Captain Miller! We thank them for the officers they have placed over us. We are happy and comfortable, and will shed every drop of blood in our veins to support them ; and the name of the Theseus shall be immortalised as high as her captain's.
Page 160 - anxious to know many things, which I was a good deal surprised to find had not been communicated to him by others in the fleet; and it would appear that he was so well satisfied with my opinion of what is likely to happen, and the means of prevention to be taken, that he had no reserve with me respecting his information, and ideas of what is likely to be done.
Page 242 - This tremendous explosion was followed by a silence not less awful: the firing immediately ceased on both sides; and the first sound which broke the silence was the dash of her shattered masts and yards falling into the water from the vast height to which they had been exploded.
Page 32 - I had to surmount, and the little interest I possessed. I could discover no means of reaching the object of my ambition. After a long and gloomy reverie, in which I almost wished myself overboard, a sudden glow of patriotism was kindled within me, and presented my King and country as my patron. Well, then," I exclaimed, " I will be a hero ! and, confiding in Providence, I will brave every danger...
Page 190 - soldiers must be consulted ; and I know, from experience, they have not the same boldness in undertaking a political measure that we have : we look to the benefit of our country, and risk 'our own fame every day to serve her ; — a soldier obeys his orders, and no more.
Page 204 - I am become a burthen to my friends, and useless to my Country; but by my letter wrote the 24th you will perceive my anxiety for the promotion of my son-in-law, Josiah Nisbet. When I leave your command, I become dead to the World ; I go hence, and am no more seen. If from poor Bowen's loss, you think it proper to oblige me, I rest confident you will do it ; the Boy is under obligations to me, but he repaid me by bringing me from the Mole of Santa Cruz. I hope you will be able to give me a frigate,...
Page 72 - Pity ! did you say ? I shall live, sir, to be envied ! and to that point I shall always direct my course.
Page 14 - Fear ! grandmamma," replied the future hero, " I never saw fear ; what is it ? " Once after the winter holidays, when he and his brother William had set off on horseback to return to school, they came back because there had been a fall of snow ; and William, who did not much like the journey, said it was too deep for them to venture on.
Page 233 - French guns on that side were not likely to be manned, nor even ready for action. Intending, therefore, to fix himself on the inner bow of the Guerrier, he kept as near the edge of the bank as the depth of water would admit ; but his anchor hung, and having opened his fire, he drifted to the second ship, the Conquerant, before it was clear ; then anchored by the stern, inside of her, and in ten minutes shot away her mast. Hood, in the Zealous...
Page 238 - Berry caught him in his arms as he was falling. The great effusion of blood occasioned an apprehension that the wound was mortal: Nelson himself thought so: a large flap of the skin of the...

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