Excerpt from The Illustrated London News, Vol. 36: January 7, 1860
This is not only a theoretical adhesion to the principle of the volunteer reserve on the part of an important section of the mercantile marine, but a practical assistance to its working, inas much as every reasonable facility is aﬂ'orded to a body of excellent sailors for enrolment in the proposed force. Beyond this, special encouragement is held out to the men to join _this truly national body, for they are told officially by their employers that, as the reserve force of seamen now about to be enrolled, and the numerous corps of volunteer riﬂemen now forming through. Out the country, will form such a means of defence as to render 'unlikely any foreign attack, the chance of_ those who compose the reserve being over required for active service is very remote; that a state of preparation for war is the best mode of preserving peace; and that, therefore, the members of the Reserve Force of Naval Volunteers are likely to enjoy their additional pay and pensions without any further risk or trouble to them selves than the appropriation of the comparatively short time they are required to exercise, or it may be said amuse, themselves at guh'uai-y practice.
Every inducement is thus presented to these particular 'seamen to enter into this special service. To say nothing of the patriotic spirit they will exhibit of the advantages of pay and pension they will enjoy, they have displayed before them theprospect of a quasi holiday and the periodical indulgence of that desire for change, however slight, which is a marked feature in the idiosyncrasy of the sailor. If the example set by this company is followed by the bulk 'of the maritime interest, the vexed problem as to hbw the Navy can be readily and effectively manned will be as nearly solved as possible.
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