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Two Admirals

derer, who were all to lay against the Western
Wall.

''Later. — Working up to the attack with light
airs.

'* 11.30.— Piped to dinner.

**i P.M. — Bore up to our station, passing outside
the shoal to the south, and then to the westward
again inside.

" 2.30. — Anchored astern of the Princess
Charlotte, and abreast of the Western Castle, and
immediately commenced firing, which the enemy
returned, but they fired high, and only two shots
hulled us, hitting no one.

** At sunset., — Admiral signalled * Cease firing,'
up boats, and then piped to supper, and sat
down with the two boys to a cold fowl, which we
enjoyed much.

''At 9 P.M. — A dish of tea, then gave my night
orders and turned in."

The "two boys" were his two sons, Charles
and Henry, who were serving under him.

There is a further account of a difficulty with
Commodore Napier, who had a firm belief in his
own judgment, which made obedience to orders
something of a trial to him. Napier, who was
" as usual a law unto himself," disobeyed the
Admiral's signals, and, when reprimanded, de-
manded a court-martial, which was refused. The
journal then relates that Captain Austen, with two

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other captains, went on board the Powerful to
endeavour to persuade the Commodore to climb
down, ** but the old Commodore was stubborn,
and we returned to our ships." However, a second
visit to the Commodore in the afternoon appears
to have been more successful, and *' I left hoping
the affair would be settled," which it was. The
result of this bombardment was altogether satis-
factory, though some of the ships suffered con-
siderably from the Egyptian firing. Charles was
awarded a Companionship of the Bath for his
share in this campaign.

In 1846 he became Rear-Admiral, and in 1850
was appointed Commander-in-Chief on the East
India Station.

He left England in the P. & O. steamer Rip on
for Alexandria, and crossed the desert to Suez,
as was usual in the overland route. The descrip-
tion of the mode of travelling by vans, and the
selection of places therein by lot, has often been
made.

Lord Dalhousie, as Governor-General at Cal-
cutta, had taken steps to protect British traders
from the exactions of the Burmese officials at
Rangoon by sending a Commission of Inquiry,
with power to demand reparation. The Com-
missioner (Commodore Lambert) decided to treat
only with the King of Ava, who consented, in
January 1852, to remove the Governor from

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Two Admirals

Rangoon. This action did not, however, prove
effectual in settling the grievances, and Com-
modore Lambert declared the Burmese coast in a
state of blockade ; his vessel was fired upon, and
he retaliated by destroying a stockade on the
river-bank, and some Burmese war-boats. Shortly
afterwards he received orders to forward to the
King a despatch of Lord Dalhousie's, demanding
apology and an indemnity. The same vessel
again went up the river with the despatch, and
was attacked by the Burmese. The Governor-
General thereupon ordered a combined military
and naval expedition, which was on the coast by
the end of March. This was to be the last of
Charles Austen's many enterprises. He shifted
his flag from the Hastings to the steam sloop
Rattler at Trincomalee in Ceylon, and proceeded
to the mouth of the Rangoon river. On April 3,
accompanied by two ships and the necessary
troops, he was on his way to Martaban, which
they attacked and captured on the 5th. The
place was held by 5000 men ; but after a bom-
bardment of an hour and a half it was taken by
storm with small loss.

On the 10th began a general combined move-
ment on Rangoon, which fell on the 14th, the
Rattler taking a leading part in attacking the out-
lying stockades. The large stockade round the
town and the pagoda was carried at the point of

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the bayonet. The navy suffered but little loss
from the enemy ; but cholera set in, and the
Admiral fell 111. He was persuaded by the doc-
tors to leave the river, as all active proceedings
of the expedition had ceased for the time. He
went to Calcutta, where, through the kind hospi-
tality of the Governor-General, he gradually
recovered his health. Rangoon, with its wonder-
ful solid pagoda, and all Its Buddhist traditions,
was now in British hands; but the Burmese
Government were bent on recapturing It, for cer-
tain royal offerings to the shrine were among the
conditions of the King's tenure of his throne.
The war was therefore continued, and It was
decided to penetrate further up the river, and with
a yet stronger force. Admiral Austen thereupon
returned to duty. On arrival at Rangoon In the
Hastings he transferred his flag to the steam sloop
Pluto, and went up the river on a reconnaissance,
in advance of the combined forces. The main
body proceeded direct to Henzada, by the princi-
pal channel of the IrrawadI, while the contingent
following the Pluto was delayed by the resistance
of the Burmese leader at Donabyu. It became
necessary for the main body to make for this point
also, while Admiral Austen was by this time much
further north, at Prome. He was anxiously
awaiting their arrival, while his health grew
worse during the two or three weeks spent in this

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unhealthy region. On October 6, his last notes at
Prome are as follows: "Received a report that
two steamers had been seen at anchor some miles
below, wrote this and a letter to my wife, and
read the lessons of the day." On the following
morning he died. The Burmese leader was also
killed during the assault, which took place at
Donabyu not long afterwards, and his army then
retreated. The British battalions were eventually
quartered on the hill above Prome, overlooking
the wide river, not far from Lord Dalhousie's new
frontier of Lower Burmah. Now thick jungle
covers alike the camp and the site of the fort of
Donabyu (White Peacock Town), for Upper
Burmah is British too, and there is no king to
make offerings at the Rangoon shrine.

The death of Charles was a heavy blow to
Francis. The only other survivor of all his bro-
thers and sisters, Edward Knight, ofGodmersham
and Chawton, died at about the same time ;
but Francis had still thirteen years of life
before him. To realise what his life had been
we must return to the close of the long war, when
he came on shore from the Elephant^ and was not
called upon to go to sea again for thirty years.
It is easy to imagine the changes that had taken
place in the Navy in the interval between his times
of active service.

During these years on shore several honours

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fell to his share. He had been awarded his C.B.
in 1815, on the institution of that distinc-
tion. In 1825 he was appointed Colonel of
Marines, and in 1830 Rear- Admiral. About the
same time he purchased Portsdown Lodge,
where he lived for the rest of his Hfe. This
property is now included within the lines of
forts for the defence of Portsmouth, and was
bought for that purpose by the Government some
years before his death. At the last investiture by
King William IV. in 1837 he received the
honour of K.C.B. ; and the next year, on the
occasion of Queen Victoria's Coronation, he was
promoted to the rank of Vice- Admiral. In 1845
he took command of the North American and
West Indies Station. This command in the
Vindictive forms a notable contrast to his earlier
experiences in the West Indies. How often he
must have called to mind as he visited Barbadoes,
Jamaica, or Antigua, the excitements of the
Canopus cruises of forty years ago ! How differ-
ent too the surroundings had become with the
regular English mail service, and the paddle-wheel
sloops of war in place of brigs such as the Curieux
— and, greatest change of all, no such urgent ser-
vices to be performed as that of warning England
against the approach of an enemy's fleet !

Nevertheless, there was plenty to be done. The
Naval Commander-in-Chief has no easy berth,

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even in time of peace. His letters tell us of some
of the toils which fell to his share.

" Our passage from Bermuda was somewhat
tedious ; we left it on February 6, called oft
Antigua on the 15th, and, without anchoring the
ship, I landed for an hour to inspect the naval
yard," rather an exertion in the tropics, for a man
of seventy-three. A voyage to La Guayra fol-
lows. It appears that Venezuela was giving as
much trouble in 1848 as in 1900.

*' A political question is going on between the
Government of Caraccas and our Charge d'affaires,
and a British force is wanted to give weight to our
arguments. I am afraid it will detain us a good
while, as I also hear that there is a demand for a
ship-of-war to protect property from apprehended
outrage in consequence of a revolutionary insur-
rection."

We find that the Vindictive was at Jamaica within
a fortnight or so. It would appear that the
Government of the Caraccas (legitimate or revo-
lutionary) was quickly convinced by the weight of
the arguments of a 50-gun ship.

The following general memorandum may be
interesting with reference to the expedition
against Grey town, Nicaragua.

*' The Vice- Admiral Commander-in-Chief has
much gratification in signifying to the squadron
the high sense he entertains of the gallantry and

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good conduct of Captain Loch, of her Majesty's
ship Alarm, and of every officer and man of her
Majesty's ships Alarm and Vixeii, and of the
officers and soldiers of her Majesty's 28th Regi-
ment, employed under his orders on the expedi-
tion up the river St. Juan, and especially for the
cool and steady intrepidity evinced while under a
galling fire from a nearly invisible enemy on the
morning of February 12, and the irresistible
bravery with which the works of Serapagui were
stormed and carried. The result has been an
additional proof that valour, when well directed
and regulated by discipline, will never fail in
effecting its object."

There are also notes about the Mexican and
United States War then in progress, and instruc-
tions to treat Mexican privateers severely if they
interfered with neutral craft. Strong measures
were also to be enforced against slave-traders,
who still sailed under Brazilian and Portuguese
flags, but were now reprobated by international
treaties generally.

In May 1848 the Vindictive was met by Vice-
Admiral the Earl of Dundonald in the Wellesley,
Lord Dundonald was to take over the command
from Sir Francis. We have no record of any
meeting between these two officers since the days
when Lord Cochrane in the Speedy and Captain
Austen in the Peterel were in the Mediterranean

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Two Admirals

together, almost half a century earlier. Sir
Francis' letters mention with pleasure the desire
on the part of his successor to continue matters
on the same lines.

His return to England was coincident with
promotion to the rank of Admiral. In 1854, at
the outbreak of the Crimean War, the Portsmouth
command was declined as too onerous for an
octogenarian.

In i860 Sir Francis received the G.C.B., and
in 1862 the successive honours of Rear- Admiral
and Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom, fol-
lowed in 1863 by promotion to the senior position
in the British Navy as Admiral of the Fleet.

"The Admiralty, April 27, 1863.

** Sir, — I am happy to acquaint you that I have
had the pleasure of bringing your name before
the Queen for promotion to Admiral of the Fleet,
and that her Majesty has been graciously pleased
to approve of the appointment * as a well-
deserved reward for your brilliant services.'
** I am, Sir, your most obedient servant,

** Somerset."

From the year 1858 Sir Francis had become
gradually less able to move about. He retained
all his faculties and his ability to write, almost as

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clearly as ever, until just before his death in
August 1865.

The strong sense of justice, manifest in his
rigid adherence to discipline as a young man, was
tempered later in life by his love for children and
grandchildren, constant through so many years.

Of both Jane Austen's brothers it may be said
that they were worthy members of that profes-
sion which is, '* if possible, more distinguished
for its domestic virtues than for its national
importance.'*



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INDEX



INDEX



Acasta, 167, 170, 174, 177

Acre, siege of, 58, 59 ; bombardment
of, 276

Agamemnon, 165, 167, 174

Ajax, 162

Alarm, 284

V Alexandre, 167,172, 173, 178

Alfred, 201

Algeciras, 53, 91

Amazon, 135, 141

Amethyst, 167

Amiens, peace of, 112

Amphion, 135, 141

Anholt, Island of, 228, 229

Anstruther, Brigadier-General, 199-
203

Arethtisa, 167

Atlas, 174

Aurora, 81 ; under Charles Austen,
36, 274

Austen, Cassandra, bringing up, 10-
12 ; letters from Jane, 42, 43, 48,
49. SO, SI. 52. 95-104, 107, 109,
180-203, 204-208, 210, 250

Austen, Charles, bringing up, ii ;
education, 15 ; midshipman, 21 ;
in Dcedalus, 23 ; in Utticom, 23 ;
in Endymion, 23 ; as lieutenant in
Scorpion, 45 ; in Tamar, 48, 52 ;
in Endymioji, 48, 53, 91, 109 ;
prizes, 91 ; return home in 1800,
95 ; reappouitment to Endymion ,
122 ; appointment to Indian as
Commander, 122 ; on North
American station, 205-210 ; mar-
riage, 207 ; capture of La Jeune
Estelle, 207 ; promotion to post
rank, 207 ; in Swiftsure, 207 ;
letter to Jane, 209; in Cleopatra,



210 ; home-coming in 1811, 210 ;
in Namur, 211 ; his children at
Chawton, 236 ; visit to Godmers-
ham, 250 -253 ; in Phcenix, 266 ;
letter to Jane about her books, 270;
last letter from Jane, 271 ; on West
Indies station, 274; in Aurora,
274 ; in Winchester, 275 ; in Bel-
lerophon, 275 ; awarded C.B., 278;
Rear-Admiral, 278 ; Commander-
in-Chief on East India station, 278 ;
in Second Burmese War, 278 ;
in Hastings, 278 ; in Pluto, 281 ;
death in 1852, 281

Austen, Edward, afterwards Knight,
43 ; death of wife, 204 ; at Chaw-
ton, 234 ; at Godmersham, 244-
249 ; death in 1852, 281

Austen, Francis William, bringing
up, II ; education, 15 ; letter from
his father, 17-20; midshipman in
Perseverance, Crown and Minerva^
16, 23 ; lieutenant, 28 ; in Sea-
horse, 45, 57; in LoJ^don, 29, 45,
S7 ; in Glory, 29 ; in Lark, 41 ; ap-
pointed to Triton, 44 ; to Petcrel
as Commander, 48-51 ; letter to
Nelson, 63 ; capture of La Ligu-
rienne, 83-86 ; promotion to post
rank, 86,107, m I return home in
1801, io8; appointed to Neptune
as Flag-captain to Admiral Gam-
bier, III ; at Ramsgate, 112-114;
engagement, 113 ; appointed to
Leopard, 115; letters from Jane,
125, 127, 129, 233, 243 ; appointed
to Canopus, 124 ; chase to West
Indies, 130-146; letters to Mary
Gibson, 148-161, 174-176 ; after



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Trafalgar, 162; meeting with Ville-
neuve, 159 ; wish for a frigate,
160, 164, 185 ; in action of St.
Domingo, 164-179 ; marriage, 181 ;
appointed to SL Aldafis, 186; at
Simon's Bay, 186-190 ; at St. He-
lena, 191-193 ; returnhome in 1807,
194 ; at Penang, 212-218 ; at Can-
ton, 219-223 ; dealings;with Viceroy
of Canton, 210-223 : appointed to
Caledonia, 225 ; to Elephant, 226 ;
at Chawton Great house, 262 ;
awarded C. B. , 282 ; Colonel of
Marines, 282 ; Rear-Admiral, 282 ;
at Fortsdown Lodge, 282 ; K.C.B.,
282 ; Vice-Admiral, 282 ; on North
American and West Indian station,
282 ; appointed to Vindictive, 282 ;
meeting with Dundonald, 284; Ad-
miral, 285 ; G.C.B., 285 ; Rear-
Admiral of the United Kingdom,
285 ; Vice-Admiral of the United
Kingdom, 285 ; Admiral of the
Fleet. 285 ; death in 1865, 286

Austen, the Reverend George, 8 ;
letter to Francis, 16-20 ; death,
125-129

Austen, Henry, 9 ; death of Mrs.
Henry Austen, 235, 261 ; visit from
Jane, 245 ; pride in Jane's books,
248, 260

Austen, the Reverend James, 97,
126

Austen, Jane, bringing up, 10-12 ;
letters to Cassandra, see Cassandra
Austen ; letters to Francis, 125, 127,
129, 233, 243 ; on Sir John Moore,
203 ; failing health, 270 ; letter to
Charles, 271 ; death in 1817, 271 ;
verses written in last illness, 272

Austen, Mrs., 9, 10, 126, 128

Austen, Colonel Thomas, 238

Austerlitz, battle of, 116

Ava, King of, 278

Bacchante, captured by Endymion,

122
Balgonie, Lord, 124
Ballast, shingle, 119 ; iron, 120
Barham, Lord, 140, 141
Battle of the Nile, 58, 130
Bayeux tapestry, 115
Baynton, Captain H. W., 132
Belleisle, 132, 135, 158
Bellerophon, 45, 158, 275-278
Bentinck, Lord William, at Palermo,

267



Bernadotte, Crown Prince of Sweden,
231. 233

Berthier, General, 200

Bertie, Admiral, 183

Bettesworth, Captain, 139, 140

Bickerton, Sir Richard, 132

Blackwood, Captain, 149

Blight, Captain, 202

Blockades, " Naval Chronicle " on,
116; Dr. Fitchett on, 117; Nelson
on, 118

Bonaparte, Napoleon, departure for
East, 58 ; in Egypt, 59 ; attacks
Acre, 59 ; return from East, 78 ; as
First Consul in Italian campaign,
87-90 [see under Napoleon)

Bonaparte, Jerome, 173-174

Bonaparte, Joseph, 196, 267

Boulogne, notes on, 120-122

Boulogne flotilla, 115

Bowen, Dr., 125, 128

Boyle, Captain Courtenay, 103, 104

le Brave, 169

Bridges, Edward, 247

Bridport, Lord, 57, 59, 60

Brindisi blockaded, 269

Bruix, Admiral, 59-66

Burmese War, Second, 23, 278-281

Burney, Fanny, 184, 262

Burrard, Sir Harry, 197

Cadiz, blockades of, 29, 147

Calder, Admiral Sir Robert, 140, 142,
144, 145, 153

Caledonia, Francis Austen on, 225

Canopus, Francis Austen appointed
to, 124 ; captured from French
Navy, 130 ; part taken in pursuit of
Villeneuve, 130-140 ; blockading
Cadiz, 147 ; in action of St. Domingo,
165, 167, 174

Canton, 219, 223 ; Francis Austen's
dealings with Viceroy, 219-223

Capitan Pacha, 103, 104

Caroline of Brunswick, Princess, 41

Centaur, 73, 80, 138

Cheminant, M., 139

Cintra, Convention of, 198

Cleopatra, Charles Austen in, 210

Cochrane, Admiral, 169

CoUingwood, Admiral, 143, 159

Convoying, incidents in, 149-152, 194,
221-228

Conqueror, 132, 135

Cornwallis, Admiral, 23, 140, 142

Courageuse, 80, 86, 87

Crown, 16, 23



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Index



Culloden, 45, 87

le Curieux, 138, 139, 140, 142

Dcedalus, 23

Dalhousie, Lord, 278

Dalrymple, General Sir Hew, 197

Defence, 45

Defiance, 199, 201

Desertions, 36, 169

Despatch boats, insecurity of, 90

Donabyu, 281

Donegal, 132, 135, 143, 165, 167, 168,

D'Ott, Baron, 86, 89

Duckworth, Commodore, 61 ; after-
wards Sir John, 165 (at St.
Domingo)

Dundonald, Lord, meeting with Fran-
cis Austen at Bermuda, 284

Durham, Captain, 91, 109

Elephant, Francis Austen appointed

to, 226 ; in the Baltic, 228
Emerald, 78, 80
" Emma," wedding in, 182
Endymion, 23, 48, 53 ; captures, 91 ;

Charles Austen re-appointed to, 122,

149
Epervier, 174, 177
Euryalus, 143, 149, 159, 160, 162

Ferdinand, King of the Two Sicilies,

267-269
Fox, nephew of Charles James Fox on

Jane Austen's works, 270
le. Franklin, 130
Frigate, Francis Austen's wish for, 160,

164, 185
la Furie, captured by Endymion, 91

Gambier, Admiral, 48, 49, 51 ; Fran-
cis Austen Flag-captain to, iii,
225

Ganteaume, Admiral, ii6, 131

Garland, 266, 268

Germes, 98-103

Gibbs, Dr., 126, 128

Gibson, Mary, 143 ; letters to, 148-
161, 174-176 ; marriage, i8i

Glory, 29

Goliath, 45, 64

•• Grand Army of England," 115

Gtiillaume Tell, 86, 90

Halcyon, 143

Hallowell, Captain Benjamin, 132

Hancock, Dr., 261



Hardy, Captain Thomas, 132
Hargood, Captain William, 132
Hastings, Warren, 260, 261
Hastings^ 279
Hermes, "zor/
Hoppo, the, 220
Hotham, Captain, 201
Hyena, 6i, 62

V Imperial e^ 172

Indian, Charles Austen in command

of, 122, 205-210
Inglis, Captain, 105
Italy, Unity of, 266-270

JouBERT, General, 81, 82
Junot, General, 197
Jupiter, 41

Keats, Captain R. G., 132

Keith, Admiral Lord, in command
in the Mediterranean, 65-79 ; con-
ference with Baron d'Ott, 89

Kellerman, General, 200

Kerr, Lady Robert, her opinion of
"Pride and Prejudice," 248, 250

Kingfisher, 169,174

KnatchbuU, Mr., 211, 247

Knight, Edward [see Edward Austen)

Krakatoa Island, 225

Ladrones, 219

Lambert, Commodore, 278, 279

Lark, 41

La Legbre, 21

Leigh Perrot, Mrs., 236

Leigh, Thomas, 236

Leipzig, battle of, 232, 266

Leopard, 32 ; Francis Austen ap-
pointed to, 115 ; at Boulogne, 115,
122

Leven, Lord and Lady, 133

Leviathan, 72, 132, 135, 143, 162

la Liguriejine captured by Peterel,
83-86

Lloyd, Martha, 50, 114

London, 29, 30, 45, 49, 57

Louis, Admiral, 115, 130, 132, 136,

151
Lyford, Dr., 271

Magicienne, 174

Mahan, Captain, on Continental sys-
tem, 307
Majestic, 45
Malays, 212-218
Malcolm, Captain Pulteney, 132, 199



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Index



"Mansfield Park," Mary Crawford
on the distance in the wood, 3 ;
brothers and sisters, 6, 8, 16 ; Wil-
liam Price as midshipman, 24-27 ;
promotion of William Price, 46,
47» 54 I William's cross and Ed-
mund's chain, 92 ; William's return,
109; wedding of Maria Bertram,
181 ; Jane Austen at work on, 237 ;
Fanny's home-coming, 238

Marengo, campaign of, 87, 89, 266

Marlborough, 29, 30, 31

Mars, 158, 163

Massena, General, at Genoa, 81, 87,
89

Mehemet Ali, Pasha of Egypt, 275

Melas, General, 89

Mercury, 219

Mermaid, 85, 86

Mexican and United States War, 284

Minerva, 16

La Minerve, 82

Minotaur, 45, 89

Missiessy, Admiral, 131, 136, 137 ; at
the Scheldt, 227

" Le Moniteur," 145, 146

Moore, Sir John, 198 ; Jane Austen
on, 203

Moreau, General, in Italy, 65, 80

Murat, Joachim, King of Naples, 266,
270

Murat, Caroline, 266, 268, 269

Murray, Admiral George, 132

Naiad, 142

Namur, Charles Austen in, 250

Napier, Commodore Charles, 275-278

Naples, 266-270

Napoleon, his " Grand Army of Eng-
land," 115; display of Bayeux Ta-
pestry, 115; in Spain, 196-198;
"Naval Chronicle "on, 122; decline
of, 231 ; his son King of Rome, 267,
269 ; dealings with Joachim Murat,
266, 269 ; escape from Elba, 269

Naval Academy, 15-16

"Naval Chronicle" on blockades, 116;
on Napoleon,i22; on Nelson's return
from the West Indies, 144 ; censure
on Sir Robert Calder, 145

Navy, volunteers in, 15-21 ; early pro-
motions, 28 ; punishments, 28-31 ;
work of press-gang, 32-35 ; dififi-
culty of securing crews, 34 ; prizes,
37. 71-75 ; mutinies, 29 ; improve-
ments in comfort, ni ; comments
on in Jane Austen's novels : Mrs.



Clay, 3 ; Edward Ferrars, 5 ; Anne
Elliot, 38, 265 ; Sir Walter EUiot,
38-40; Louisa Musgrove, 265 ; Lady
Bertram, 25 ; Henry Crawford, 25 ;
Jane Austen, 286

Nelson, at battle of the Nile, 58 ; at
Palermo, 59, 60 ; in pursuit of Ville-
neuve, 130-146 ; return from the
West Indies, 144 ; death of, 155, 156

Neptwie, III

Nicaragua, 283, 284

"Northanger Abbey," brothers and
sisters, 6 ; Catherine Morland's
childhood, 12

Northuniherla7id, 169, 170, 173

Novi, battle of, 81

La Ny7nphe, 60

Orion, 45, 162
Oudinot, Marshal, 232

Paget, Captain, 122

Palmer, Fanny, 207 ; Mrs. Charles
Austen, 252

Parliament, thanks of, 179

Pellew, Captain Israel, 132

Penang, 212-218

Peninsular War, beginning of, 196

Perr^e, Admiral, 78-80

Perseverance, 16-23

" Persuasion," Mrs. Clay on Navy,
3; brothers and sisters, 6; Dick
Musgrove as midshipman, 24 ;
Admiral Croft on sharp practice,
35 ; speedy advancement of Captain
Wentworth, 37 ; Anne Elliot's com-
ments on the navy, 38 ; Sir Walter
Elliot on the navy, 38-40 ; Captain
Wentworth's description of life on
board a sloop of war, 74-77 ; argu-
ment between Captain Harville and
Anne Elliot, 178 ; question of ladies
on board ship, 255-259 ; Harville
family at Lyme Regis, 262 ; Jane
Austen's comment on the Navy, 286

Peterel, Francis Austen appointed to,
48, 51 ; despatch for Lord Nelson
at Palermo, 61-64 ; captured under
Captain Charles Long, 67 ; prizes,
71-73 ; capture of despatches for
Suwarrow, 83 ; capture of La
Ligurienne, 83-86 ; blockade of
Alexandria, 90, 98-103 ; rescue of
Turkish line-of-battle ship from
French and Arabs, 99-103

Phoebe, 227



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Index



Phoenix, Charles Austen in command
of, 266 ; blockading Brindisi, 269 ;
lost off Smyrna, 270

Phifo, Charles Austen's death in,
280

Popham, Captain, 112

Powe7ftd, 72, 165, 167, 168, 170, 275,
278

Pressgang, 32-35

' ' Pride and Prejudice," brothers and
sisters, 5 ; Lady Robert Kerr's
opinion of, 248-260 ; Warren Hast-
ings's opinion of 260 ; Jane Austen's
opinion of, 237

Prima, galley, 88

Prince of Wales, 142, 153

Princess Caroline, 232

Princess Charlotte, 276, 277


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