Memoirs and Letters of Capt. Sir William Hoste, Volum 2

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Side 272 - How sleep the brave who sink to rest By all their country's wishes blest! When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallowed mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod Than Fancy's feet have ever trod. By fairy hands their knell is rung, By forms unseen their dirge is sung; There Honour comes, a pilgrim grey, To bless the turf that wraps their clay; And Freedom shall awhile repair, To dwell a weeping hermit there!
Side 267 - He left the name, at which the world grew pale, To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
Side 26 - Englishmen; both officers and men were personally engaged hand to hand, and out of the number killed by the enemy in this encounter eight were bayonet wounds, which will convince you, Sir, of the nature of the attack. " A struggle of this kind could not last long, and the French troops endeavoured in great confusion to regain their former position; they were closely pursued, and charged in their turn, which decided the business, and the whole detachment of the enemy, consisting of a lieutenant, serjeant,...
Side 319 - ... attempt, and rendered so totally unmanageable, that in the act of wearing he went on shore on the rocks of Lissa, in the greatest possible confusion. The line was then wore to renew the action, the Amphion not half a...
Side 318 - AM the action commenced by our firing on the headmost ships as they came within range. The intention of the enemy appeared to be to break our line in two places ; the starboard division, led by the French commodore, bearing upon the...
Side 32 - Venerable, off the coast of Holland, the i2th of October, by log (nth1 three PM Camperdown ESE eight mile. Wind N. by E. Sir, I have the pleasure to acquaint you, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that...
Side 321 - Gordon and myself considered her us our own : the delay of getting a boat on board the Bellona, and the anxious pursuit of Captain Gordon after the beaten enemy, enabled him to steal off, till too late for our shattered ships to come up with him, his rigging and sails apparently not much injured ; but by the laws of war I shall ever maintain he belongs to us.
Side 27 - In this latter business a lieutenant and twenty-two men of the 5th Regiment of Light Infantry (all French troops) were made prisoners. The same intrepidity which had insured success before, was equally conspicuous on this second occasion. About seven in the evening I had the satisfaction of seeing the whole detachment coming off to the squadron, which I had anchored about four miles from the town directly the wind allowed, and everything was secured by eight o'clock. A service of this nature had...
Side 321 - ... enemy, enabled him to steal off, till too late for our shattered ships to come up with him, his rigging and sails apparently not much injured ; but by the laws of war I shall ever maintain he belongs to us. The enemy's squadron, as per inclosed return, was commanded by Mons.

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