Lives of the British admirals:: containing a new and accurate naval history, from the earliest periods, Volume 2

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Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinsons, 1785 - Admirals

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Page 75 - He was the first that infused that proportion of courage into the seamen, by making them see by experience what mighty things they could do if they were resolved ; and taught them to fight in fire as well as upon water ; and, though he hath been very well imitated and followed, he was the first that gave the example of that kind of naval courage and bold and resolute achievements.
Page 75 - ... men out of danger; which had been held in former times a point of great ability and circumspection; as if the principal art requisite in the captain of a ship had been to be sure to come home safe again. He was the first man...
Page 237 - Edward Earl of Sandwich, being by the order upon his coat discovered floating on the sea, by one of his Majesty's ketches* was taken up, and brought into this port ; where Sir Charles Littleton, the governor, receiving it, took immediate care ror its en> balming, and honourable disposing, till his Majesty's pleasure should be known concerning it.
Page 258 - ... of an entire duty and fidelity to the King. He was indeed of all the men of that time, and of that extraction and education, incomparably the modestest and the wisest man, and most worthy to be confided in.
Page 237 - ... to have his body brought up to London, there, at his charge, to receive the rites of funeral due to his great quality and merits.
Page 246 - Spragge also on his side maintained the fight with so much courage and resolution, that had it not been for fear of the shoals, we had driven them into their harbours, and the King would have had a better account of them.
Page 327 - Dutch had fuffered, and how little probability their was of regaining any thing by renewing the fight, he weighed about nine at night, and retired eaftward with the tide of flood'. The next day it was refolved in a council of war, held in the afternoon, to preferve the fleet by retreating, and rather to deftroy the difabled fhips, if they (hould be prefled by the enemy, than to hazard another engagement by endeavouring to protect them.
Page 238 - A gentleman adorned with all the virtues of Alcibiades, and untainted by any of his vices; of high birth, capable of any business, full of wisdom, a great commander at sea and land, and also learned and eloquent, affable, liberal, and magnificent.
Page 110 - De Witt himself, the sworn foe of England, bore the following remarkable testimony to the gallantry of her seamen: " If the English were beat, their defeat did them more honour than all their former victories. No fleet but theirs could, after the first day's fight, have been brought to engage again. English men may be killed, English ships may be burned, but English courage is invincible.
Page 260 - ... plentifully, and had never made any the leaft Suit or Pretence for Money. Now He told them, " that He was going upon an Expedition " in which many honeft Men muft lofe their Lives: And " though He had no Apprehenfion of himfelf, but that " God would protect him as He had often done in the " fame Occafions, yet He thought it became him againft " the Worft to make his Condition known to them, and " the rather, becaufe He knew He was efteemed gene" rally

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