The Olio, Or, Museum of Entertainment Volume 9

The Olio, Or, Museum of Entertainment Volume 9

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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. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...in preparing the boats, was desired to command her in Martin's stead; thus he was thrust into service unprepared, and here he felt the certainty that his death was approaching. That morning, Sir Peter Parker (the captain, ) in leaning backwards over the taffrail to make remarks upon the rigging at the mizen-top-gallant-mast head, let his laced cocked hat fall off. He said, very thoughtfully, and in a very unusual manner, 'I much fear my head will follow, this evening.' From this moment he became thoughtful and reserved; he prepared his will with the purser; he destroyed his letters; he made several allusions to his wife and children; and at dinner--I dined alone with him that day--he was unusually reserved and dull; a kind of melancholy settled upon his countenance, and every feature indicated some secret foreboding awfully present to his imagination. Nine o'clock came; the boats were manned, and I, as his aid-decamp, took my usual seal in his gig.--All the boats left the ship at the same time, and with muffled oars and breathless silence, we approached the land ing place. When the gig's keel grated on the sand, and the boat stopped, I was surprised to find Sir Peter Parker remain motionless on his seat; and knowing his usual amhition to be first, I was rather slack in asking, which I was obliged to do, if I should land first. This awoke our chief from his lethargy, but instead of walking over the tanghoard, he stepped overboard alongside in the water, and walki I on shore.--The preparation of forming the men, selecting the advance-guard, and giving necessary orders, diverted Sir Peter from his melancholy, and he appeared as animated, and flushed with as much hope and confidence, as on any former occasion. Sir Peter Parker mounted a steed, and,show more

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  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 667g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236581113
  • 9781236581112