The Life of Nelson, Volume 1

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John Murray, bookseller to the Admirality and to the board of Longitude, 1813 - 280 pages
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Southey is perhaps best known as the friend of Wordsworth and Coleridge in their early "Lake Poet" days who wrote some often denigrated but in my experience readable verse fantasies (the Curse of ... Read full review

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Page 69 - Our country has the first demand for our services; and private convenience or happiness must ever give way to the public good. Duty is the great business of a sea officer: all private considerations must give way to it, however painful.
Page 196 - A left handed admiral," he said, in a subsequent letter, " will never again be considered as useful ; therefore the sooner I get to a very humble cottage the better, and make room for a sounder man to serve the state.
Page 152 - 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 236 - is not a name strong enough for such a scene ; "—he called it a conquest. Of thirteen sail of the line, nine were taken, and two burnt ; of the four frigates, one was sunk ; another, the Artemise, was burnt in a villanous manner by her Captain, M.
Page 171 - disdaining the parade of taking possession of beaten enemies, most gallantly pushed up, with every sail set, to save his old friend and messmate, who...
Page 119 - ... against the enemy; three actions against ships, two against Bastia in my ship, four boat actions, and two villages taken. and twelve sail of vessels burnt. I do not know that any one has done more. I have had the comfort to be always applauded by my commander-in-chief, but never to be rewarded : and, what is more mortifying, for services in which I have been wounded, others have been praised, who, at the same time, were actually in bed, far from the scene of action. They have not done me justice....
Page 234 - It is upon record that a battle between two armies was once broken off by an earthquake ; such an event would be felt like a miracle ; but no incident in war, produced by human means, has ever equalled the sublimity of this co-instantaneous pause and all its circumstances. About seventy of the Orient's crew were saved by the English boats. Among the many hundreds who perished were the commodore, Casa-Bianca, and his son, a brave boy, only ten years old. They were seen floating on a shattered mast...
Page 24 - 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 217 - Thanks to your exertions," said he, writing to Sir W. and Lady Hamilton, " we have victualled and watered ; and surely watering at the fountain of Arethusa, we must have victory. We shall sail with the first breeze ; and be assured I will return either crowned with laurel or covered with cypress.
Page 215 - ... and if, under all circumstances, it is decided that I am wrong, I ought, for the sake of our country, to be superseded; for at this moment, when I know the French are not in Alexandria, I hold the same opinion as off Cape Passaro — that, under all circumstances, I was right in steering for Alexandria : and by that opinion I must stand or fall.

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