The life of Thomas, lord Cochrane, tenth earl of Dundonald, completing 'The autobiography of a seaman', by the eleventh earl and H.R.F. Bourne, Volume 2

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Page 343 - But, my dear Sir James, were it necessary — which it is not — that I should place myself in an armchair on the poop with each leg on a cushion, I will undertake to subdue every insular fortification at Kronstadt within four hours from the commencement of the attack.
Page 363 - A Sea-King, whose fit place had been by BLAKE, Or our own NELSON, had he been but free To follow glory's quest upon the sea, Leading the conquered navies in his wake — A Captain, whom it had been ours to cheer From conquest on to conquest, had our land But set its wisest, worthiest in command, Not such as hated all the good revere. We let them cage the Lion while the fire In his high heart burnt clear and unsubdued ; We let them stir that frank and forward mood From greatness to the self-consuming...
Page 290 - ... Royal Navy at the age of seventy-two. However, he had grown so accustomed to "neglect" of one sort or another that he must have been doubly surprised by a letter from Lord Auckland on 27 December 1847. I shall shortly have to name a Commander-in-Chief for the North American and West Indian Station. Will you accept the appointment ? I shall feel it to be an honour and a pleasure to have named you to it, and I am satisfied that your nomination will be agreeable to her Majesty, as it will be to...
Page 29 - Greeks a patriotism as pure and zealous as was his own philanthropy. " To arms ! to arms !" he wrote in a proclamation issued at this time. " One simultaneous effort, and Greece is free. Discord, the deadly foe you have had most to fear, is conquered. The task that now remains is easy. The youth everywhere fly to arms. The fate of the Acropolis is no longer doubtful. The Turks surrounded, their supplies cut off, the passes occupied, and retreat impossible, you can ensure the freedom of the classic...
Page 360 - CB PHIPPS." t Almost the last letter written by Lord Duudonald was this to Lord Brougham: — "My DEAR LORD BROUGHAM,— I have the pleasure to forward you the second volume of my ' Autobiography," in which you will find that use has been made of the kind expressions towards myself contained in your works. Of the injustice done to me I need not tell you, who are so well acquainted with the subject. If the accompanying volume succeeds in impressing on the public mind the sentiments so unflinchingly...
Page 194 - we are both clear of a country in which there is no hope of amelioration for half a century to come ; unless, indeed, immigration shall take place to a great extent, under some king, or competent ruler, appointed and supported by the Governments of the mediating powers. The mental fever I contracted in Greece has not yet subsided, nor will it probably for some months to come.
Page 49 - Karaiskakes's men without food, taking all the provisions to the advanced post, leaving him to starve or come on." That desperate expedient was averted. Two or three hours after suggesting it, Lord Cochrane was superintending the debarkation of some thirty soldiers, under cover of two gunboats. A party of Ottomans, seeing the operation, hurried down with the intention of harassing the new comers. Lord Cochrane's Hydriots, however, rushed to the rescue. Other Turkish troops came up, to be met by other...
Page 20 - I have received the letter which your excellency has addressed to me," wrote the worthy Miaoulis, on the 3rd of April, in answer to a letter declining to take command of the fleet until the differences were settled ; " and I appreciate the objections which it contains. I wish with all my heart that the reasons which prevent you may not exist beyond this evening, and that a general union will induce you to place yourself at the head of the Greek navy.
Page 260 - ... namely, by blowing up or burning our ships, to 8 2 the probable destruction of the lives of all their crews. I submit that, against such batteries as these, the adoption of my plans Nos. 2 and 3 would be perfectly justifiable.
Page 201 - With varying opposition, but with unvaried success, the newly-constructed semaphoric telegraphs — which are of the utmost consequence to the safety of the numerous convoys that pass along the coast of France — at Bourdique, La...

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