The Four P'S, Or, the Fortunes of Frank on His Road to Wealth

The Four P'S, Or, the Fortunes of Frank on His Road to Wealth

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...and misty, so that it was impossible to see the length of half a cable from the ship. The wind was fair and steady, and the frigate was going at the rate of seven miles an hour, with the water as smooth as a mill-pond. The two friends contrived to be appointed to keep watch, together, under one of the finest old seamen in the service, --Mr. Weatherwise, the master. He had been brought up in a rough school; was well acquainted with the taste of " tarred gingerbread;" and had been thrashed from childhood into almost manhood, by a stern, and severe commander, engaged in the slave trade. Still he had persevered, till he was made mate of a West Indiaman, but the ship being wrecked, he was picked up in the street of Plymouth, by a press-gang, and conveyed on board a man-of-war, where he served before the mast. His good conduct and seaman-like qualities, caught the attention of his noble captain, Viscount Howe (who afterwards became the celebrated Admiral Earl Howe), and as he never allowed merit to go unrewarded, Weatherwise was raised to the quarter-deck; and went through the usual gradations, till he was appointed master of the frigate they were then in. He was very partial to the lads, and had more than once or twice assisted them in their attempts to learn their duty. It was the first watch (that is, from eight o'clock in the evening till midnight), and, as I said before, very hazy. The master had charge of the deck, and as a mark of favour the two young watchmates were suffered to walk by his side, whilst he related to them many circumstances in his early life, connected with the atrocious dealers in human flesh--the slavers. He was telling them of "a young negress, who was a mother, and had an infant with her, of which she seemed to...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123656409X
  • 9781236564092