A Biographical Memoir of the Late Dr W. Oudney, Capt. Hugh Clapperton, and Major Alex. Gordon Laing

A Biographical Memoir of the Late Dr W. Oudney, Capt. Hugh Clapperton, and Major Alex. Gordon Laing

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ... son, in requital of his having, so long as he had it in his power, treated him as his brother. We have not been able to obtain any satisfactory information respecting the nature of the naval service in which Clapperton was employed in India, nor of the exploits of seamanship and prowess which he performed while he was on that station, except in one instance, which is well worthy of being recorded to his honour. When we stormed Port Louis, in the Isle of France, he was the first man-. who advanced into the breach; and it was he who pulled down the colours of France, and planted those of Britain in their place. And we know that his conduct was in all respects worthy of the rank which he had obtained in a manner so unique, and such as entitled him to expect his turn of promotion in due course. He continued in India from the early part of 1810 till the latter end of 1813, when he returned to England. He had not been long at home, when he was draughted, along with a select number of midshipmen, for the purpose of being sent to Portsmouth, to be instructed by Angelo, the famous fencing-master, in the cutlass exercise, with the view of introducing that mode of defence and attack into the navy. These young men, when perfected in the art, were distributed through the fleet, as teachers of the young oflicers and men. Clapperton, being an apt pupil, soon excelled in this exercise, and when his companions were distri buted through the fleet as drill-masters, he was sent to the Asia, the flag ship of Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, then lying at Spithead.. Sncr. VI.-ms ssavrcn or: run LAKES or CANADA. While he taught Angelo's sword-exercise on board the Asia, he volunteered his services for the lakes of Canada, in the expedition which was sent...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236813766
  • 9781236813763