Bermuda: An Idyl of the Summer Islands

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Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884 - Bermuda Islands - 148 pages
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Page 86 - NEAR THIS SPOT WAS INTERRED IN THE YEAH 1610 THE HEART OF THE HEROIC ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE SOMERS, KT., WHO NOBLY SACRIFICED HIS LIFE TO CARRY SUCCOUR tO THE INFANT AND SUFFERING PLANTATION NOW THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. To PRESERVE HIS FAME TO FUTURE AGES, NEAR THE SCENE OF HIS MEMORABLE SHIPWRECK OF 1609, THE GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THIS COLONY FOR THE TIME BEING, CAUSED THIS TABLET TO BE ERECTED, 1876.1 Such is the brief record of an unselfish deed.
Page 84 - Bermuda, conjointly with Halifax, holds in check the whole Atlantic coast of the United States, upon which nature has bestowed no equivalent for naval purposes, and also controls the West Indies, the Gulf of Mexico, and the south coasts of the United States.
Page 125 - Providence seems to please I should be everywhere) in conciliating friendship, and interesting those around me in my welfare. The admiral, Sir Andrew Mitchell, has insisted upon my making his table my own during my stay here, and has promised to take me in his ship to America, for the purpose of getting a passage home to England, there being no direct conveyance from this little corner thither. They threaten me here with an impeachment, as being in a fair way to make bankrupts of the whole island....
Page 123 - These little islands are thickly covered with cedar groves, through the vistas of which you catch a few pretty white houses, which my poetical short-sightedness always transforms into temples ; and I often expect to see Nymphs and Graces come tripping from them, when, to my great disappointment, I find that a few miserable negroes is all " the bloomy flush of life
Page 91 - By his Hospitality and diffusive Benevolence Which Steadily flowed and Undisturbed, From the Heart, To Praise, according to his Merit, The Deceased would be but too sensible a Reproach To the Living; And to enumerate the many rare Virtues which shone united in the Governor of that little Spot were to tell how many great Talents and excellent Endowments are Wanting in Some Whom the capriciousness of Fortune Exposes In a more elevated and Conspicuous station.
Page 91 - During the Course of his Administration, which to the inconsolable grief of the Inhabitants Continued but six years, Of the many Strangers who resorted Thither for their health The Observing easily discovered in him, Under the graceful Veil of Modesty, An Understanding and Abilities equal To a more important Trust; The Gay and Polite were charmed with the Unaffected Elegance and amiable Simplicity of his Manners And all were...
Page 86 - NEAR THIS SPOT WAS INTERRED IN THE YEAR 1610, THE HEART OF THE HEROIC ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE SOMERS, Kt., WHO NOBLY SACRIFICED HIS LIFE TO CARRY SUCCOUR TO THE INFANT AND SUFFERING PLANTATION NOW THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. TO PRESERVE HIS FAME FOR FUTURE AGES, NEAR THE SCENE OF HIS MEMORABLE SHIPWRECK, 1609, THE GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THIS COLONY FOR THE TIME BEING CAUSED THIS TABLET TO BE ERECTED 1876...

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