Pamphlets on naval subjects

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Page 51 - objectionable" even to the author; but he did not add, what was equally true, that it applied as well to the land as to the sea service. No one questioned the bravery of the British forces, or the ease with which they often routed larger bodies of militia; but the losses they...
Page 190 - ... tide, and in all seasons, by vessels so propelled, from all quarters. We are, in fact, assailable, and at least liable to insult, and to have contributions levied upon us on all parts of our coast ; that is, the coast of these, including the Channel Islands, which to this time, from the period of the Norman Conquest, have never been successfully invaded.
Page 196 - I have drawn to it the attention of different Administrations at different times. You will observe, likewise, that I have considered of the measures of prospective security, and of the mode and cost of the attainment. I have done more. I have looked at and considered these localities in great detail, and have made up my mind upon the details of their defence. These are questions to which my mind has not been unaccustomed. I have considered and provided for the defence, the successful defence, of...
Page 192 - I am accustomed to the consideration of these questions, and have examined and reconnoitred over and over again the whole coast from the North Foreland by Dover, Folkestone, Beachy Head, Brighton, Arundel, to Selsey Bill, near Portsmouth, and I say that, excepting immediately under the fire of Dover Castle, there is not a spot on the coast on which infantry might not be thrown on shore at any time of tide, with any wind, and in any weather...
Page 196 - I know, have seen, and think upon it, and what my notions are on the details of the defensive system to be adopted and eventually carried into execution. I quite concur in all your views of the danger of our position, and of the magnitude of the stake at issue. I am...
Page 193 - French ports on the coast, their disembarkation at named points on the English coast, that of the artillery and cavalry in named ports or mouths of rivers, and the assembly at named points of the several columns; and the march of each of these from stage to stage to London. Let any man examine our maps and road-books, consider the matter, and judge for himself.
Page 189 - Y ou are aware that I have for years been sensible of the alteration produced in maritime warfare and operations by the application of steam to the propelling of ships at sea.
Page 197 - ... of old repudiated State debts, payments of debts due to individuals in war in the different countries of Europe, repayment for contributions levied, and movable and immovable property sold in the course of the revolutionary war. But such an account cannot be made out against this country. No ; but I believe that the means of some demands would not be wanting.
Page 194 - I was aware that our magazines and arsenals were very inadequately supplied with ordnance and carriages, arms, stores of all denominations, and ammunition. The deficiency has been occasioned, in part, by the sale of arms and of various descriptions of ordnance stores since the termination of the late war, in order to diminish the demand of supply to carry on the peace service of the Ordnance ; in part by the conflagration of the arsenal which occurred in the Tower some years ago, and by the difficulty...
Page 194 - Let any man examine our maps and road-books, consider of the matter, and judge for himself. I know of no mode of resistance, much less of protection from this danger, excepting by an army in the field capable of meeting and contending with its formio dable enemy, aided by all the means of fortification which experience in war and science can suggest.

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