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Page 167 - ... bring in American vessels ; that he had broke him, and dismissed him from his service ; and then gave orders to the minister of marine to have every article that was plundered from the brig returned." " The bashaw then commenced thus — ' Consul, there is no nation I wish more to be at peace with than yours ; but all nations pay me, and so must the Americans.
Page 103 - ... which had ever marked his character, till long after the action was over, when he fainted through weakness and loss of blood. Were it permitted for a soldier to regret any one who has fallen in the service of his country, I might be excused for lamenting him more than any other person...
Page 329 - My good fortune, my dear Ball, seems flown away. I cannot get a fair wind, or even a side wind. Dead foul ! Dead foul ! But my mind is fully made up what to do when I leave the Straits, supposing there is no certain account of the enemy's destination. I believe this ill-luck will go near to kill me ; but as these are times for exertion, I must not be cast down, whatever I may feel.
Page 341 - I went on shore for the first time since June 16, 1803; and from having my foot out of the Victory, two years, wanting ten days.
Page 73 - Lord Nelson has been commanded to spare Denmark, when she no longer resists. The line of defence which covered her shores has struck to the British flag ; but if the firing is continued on the part of Denmark, he must set on fire all the prizes that he has taken, without having the power of saving the men who have so nobly defended them. The brave Danes are the brothers, and should never be the enemies, of the English.
Page 371 - Signals from these moments are useless, when every man is disposed to do his duty. The great object is for us to support each other, and to keep close to the enemy, and to leeward of him. "If the enemy are running away, then the only signals necessary •will be, to engage the enemy as...
Page 326 - Had they been bound to Naples, the most natural thing for them to have done would have been to run along their own shore to the eastward, where they would have ports every 20 leagues of coast to take shelter in.
Page 371 - I should pass to leeward or windward of him. In that situation, I would make the signal to engage the Enemy to leeward, and to cut through their Fleet about the sixth Ship from the Van, passing very close ; they being on a wind, and you going large, could cut their Line when you please. The...
Page 269 - I feel much pleasure in saying, the officers and men behaved with that coolness and intrepidity inherent in Englishmen ; and had the enemy allowed them a trial alongside, I am convinced her superior force would not have availed them much.