The British trident; or, Register of naval actions, from ... the Spanish armada to the present time

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Page 25 - I heartily wish the shedding my blood may contribute to the happiness and service of my country, but cannot resign my just claim to a faithful discharge of my duty, according to the best of my judgment, and the utmost exertion of my ability for His Majesty's honor and my country's service. I am sorry that my endeavors were not attended with more success, and that the armament under my command proved too weak to succeed in an expedition of such moment.
Page ii - Castle, falling little wind, it was five before I could form my line, or distinguish any of the enemy's motions; and...
Page 255 - ... rude an encounter. The springs of the Bristol's cable being cut by the shot, she lay for some time exposed in such a manner to the enemy's fire as to be most dreadfully raked.
Page 20 - ... necessity of condemning a man to death, from the great severity of the twelfth article of war, part of which he falls under, which admits of no mitigation if the crime should be committed by an error in judgment ; and, therefore, for our own consciences...
Page 23 - His judges declare him not deserving of death ; but, mistaking either the meaning of the law, or the nature of his offence, they bring him under an article of war, which, according to their own description of his offence, he does not, I conceive, fall under ; and then they condemn him to death because, as they say, the law admits of no mitigation. Can a man's life be taken away by such a sentence...
Page 327 - Scarborough after two hours action, to be the Pallas, a French frigate, of 32 guns and 275 men; the Vengeance, an armed brig, of 12 guns and 70...
Page 25 - My heart acquits me of these crimes; but who can be presumptuously sure of his own judgment? If my crime is an error in judgment, or differing in opinion from my judges, and if yet the error in...
Page 22 - It may be said, that negligence is implied, though the word is not mentioned, otherwise the court-martial would not have brought his offence under the twelfth article, having acquitted him of cowardice and disaffection. But it must be acknowledged that the negligence implied cannot be wilful negligence [ for wilful negligence in Admiral Byng's situation must have proceeded either from cowardice or disaffection, and he is expressly acquitted of both these crimes ; besides, these crimes, which are...
Page 300 - ... its being prevented by my not having formed the line of battle, no engagement, either general or partial, could have been brought on if I had formed it : indeed it...
Page 21 - It may be thought great presumption in me to differ from so great authority as that of the twelve judges ; but when a man is called upon to sign his name to an act which is to give authority to the shedding of blood, he ought to be guided by his own conscience, and not by the opinions of other men.

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