The Life of Horatio, Lord Nelson

The Life of Horatio, Lord Nelson

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...and shortly after Nelson hurried on board the St. George, at Spithead, and set sail for St. Helens in such haste that he carried with him the carpenters and painters who were putting the cabins in order, under a promise of sending them back on the following morning. By daylight on the next day the fleet sailed. During the voyage Nelson's activity betrayed itself in a dangerous interference with the sailing master's duty. When off Dungeness the wind felt short, and the ship was to be put about. Nelson would give the orders, and the consequence was that the St. George missed stays. "Well, now," said he rather peevishly, to the master of the watch, "see what we have done. Well, sir, what do you mean to do now." "I don't exactly know, my lord," replied the master, "but I fear she wont do." "Well, well," replied the admiral, turning towards his cabin door, "if you don't know what to do with her, no more do I, so work the ship as you like." In the Downs Nelson stayed merely a few hours, and then made for Yarmouth, and anchored in the roads on the 6th of March. Sir Hyde Parker was on shore, and apparently little eager for the North Sea at that time of year; but Nelson hated delay, and clearly foresaw that immediate action was absolutely necessary. Up and breakfasting by six every morning, he was on shore at Sir Hyde's by eight o'clock, and then grumbling at transacting business at so late an hour. Few men knew the value of time better than Nelson. "Time, time," he once said to Colonel Twiss, the commandant of engineers, "time is everything. Five minutes makes all the difference between a victory and a defeat." In this case, indeed, time was of the essence of victory; an...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236577345
  • 9781236577344