The Life of Nelson

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Maynard, Merrill, 1896 - Admirals - 159 pages

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Page 220 - Kiss me, Hardy," said he. Hardy knelt down and kissed his cheek, and Nelson said, " Now I am satisfied. Thank God I have done my duty." Hardy stood over him in silence for a moment or two, then knelt again and kissed his forehead. "Who is that?" said Nelson; and being informed, he replied,
Page 217 - ... booms, shot away. Nelson declared that in all his battles he had seen nothing which surpassed the cool courage of his crew on this occasion. At four minutes after twelve she opened her fire from both sides of her deck. It was not possible to break the enemy's line without running on board one of their ships; Hardy informed him of this, and asked him which he would prefer. Nelson replied: "Take your choice, Hardy; it does not signify much.
Page 220 - Captain Hardy, some fifty minutes after he had left the cockpit, returned, and again taking the hand of his dying friend and commander, congratulated him on having gained a complete victory. How many of the enemy were taken he did not know, as it was impossible to perceive them distinctly, but fourteen or fifteen at least. " That's well," cried Nelson,
Page 219 - you can do nothing for me." All that could be done was to fan him with paper, and frequently give him lemonade to alleviate his intense thirst. He was in great pain, and expressed much anxiety for the event of the action, which now began to declare itself. As often as a ship struck, the crew of the Victory hurrahed, and at every hurrah a visible expression of joy gleamed in the eyes and marked the countenance of the dying hero. But he became impatient to see Captain Hardy, and as that officer, though...
Page 226 - What the country had lost in its great naval hero — the greatest of our own, and of all former times, was scarcely taken into the account of grief. So perfectly, indeed, had he performed his part, that the maritime war, after the battle of Trafalgar, was considered at an end : the fleets of the enemy were not merely defeated, but destroyed...
Page 96 - 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 166 - French enough to comprehend what was said, though not to answer it in the same language; — "tell him we are ready at a moment! — Ready to bombard this very night!" — The conference, however, proceeded amicably on both sides; and as the commissioners could not agree upon this head, they broke up, leaving Nelson to settle it with the prince. A levee was held forthwith in one of the state rooms...
Page 103 - Culloden, advanced with the intention of anchoring athwart-hawse of the Orient. The Franklin was so near her ahead, that there was not room for him to pass clear of the two ; he therefore took his station athwart-hawse of the latter, in such a position as to rake both. The...
Page 99 - There is no if in the case," replied the admiral ; " that we shall succeed is certain — who may live to tell the story is a very different question.
Page 95 - I am before your lordships' judgment; 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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