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old, from the above school, and entered duty, he should be permitted to go in
him as midshipman on board pf his own the* cutter, and decked long-boat, >t-
ship. The subject of altercation, how- tached to the commanding officer's ^p
ever, .with Spain, being adjusted, and at Chatham : this opeiatcd on the miad
the Raisonnahle jjaid off, our young of the aspiring youth, as -was cjcpecttti,
mariner was sent by hjs uncle on board and by its means he became an excrilent
of a West India ship, belonging to the pilot Yor vessels of that class, which
house of Hibbert, Furrier, and Hofton, sailed from Chatham to the Tower of

• ' London, and also down the Svia

Channel to the North Foreland. %

* The Nelsons are, therefore, related these short navijg^tions, some of diem
to the noble families of VTalpcJe, Choi- »n most diffitnjlt passages, the mind of
monddy, and Townshend, his mutlier Nelson acquired that strength and finn-
being the grand-dauj^hter of Sir Charles n«s, for which he was so partieubriv
Turifcr, hart, of WafHam, in the county distingttished tiiroughout his subscijmnt
of Norfolk, and of Mary, daughter of glorious career.

Robert Walpole, esq. of floughton, and A voj^age of discovery 'towards the

sister to Sir Robert V^'alpole, first Eart North Pole having been resolved upoo,

of Orford, and to Horatio, first Lord the Race Horse and Carcase, b<wj^»

AValjxile, of Woltcrton, whose next were ordered in April, 1773 » t^^^****^

sister; l>orothy, was married to Charles <>«' ^or that'purjjoso; the comtnand of

Viscount Tovvnshend. llie Sucklings th^ former was given to the Honourabk

have been seated atWoodton, in Nor-. Captain Constantinc John Pliipw, afta«-

folk, near three centuries. wards Lord Mitlgrave, that of tncbtt*

, f This gallant of licer commanded to Skeffington Lutwidge, esq. TV

the Dreadnought, in the West Indies, ol^ect of tins voyage was to ascotMn

during the niontli of October, 1 757, the practicAbilitv of a North-vwi ^*

\ when, in concert \yilh Captain Forrest, sage into the Jsouth <5eas, or at letsl »

' of the Augusta, and Captain Lanadon, discover hgw far navigation was posfihfc

of the Edinburgh, they enffaged,ofrCaj)e towards the North Pole, and to m^ke

Francois aeven Ficncli snipj*, three of such observations as might con trihnte

■ them of the line, one of 50, two of 44, to the advancement of nautical kcow-

;4nd two of 30 guns. J u April, 1/75, ledge. Instructions had been gircft

' Captain Suckling succeeded Sir Hugh *^l^ ^^ boys diould be reccired on

Pjiliacr ae comptroller of -the navy, mi board ; \^ttne ardent manner in whieH j

1778, Cimtain Suckling was elected young NeUoij entnated to be pcmitttcd
mem^r of narliament for Port;^mourb5 to accompany the expedition, »d his j
' but died la July of tlie ume year. . offer t^ become cox4iwai& to Capu^

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Sketch of the Life of.iha Ri. Hon. Vlscounl Kebotil 387

I»twidj»» rather than be left behind,
.struck the commancier of the Caccase
with such admiration, that he was irre-
sistibly proi^aSod om to receive him in
th« above cs^acity. A friendship of the
most seaerous nature from that moment
ever after subsided between them. The
ships sailed from the Nbre June 2d,
1773- In this arduous vm^ajre Nelson
jireatly distinguinhed himsdu particularly
iti the beginning of August, when the
two Tesseis were so perilously situated
off the Seven Islaods, from their Ix;-
eoming suddenly locked in extecsive
fields of ice * for five days, at the end
of which, the adventurous navigators
were happily freed from the horrid ap-
prehensions of perishing by polar cold,
which, it has been jusuy observed, ap-
peared too4ikely to have been jreali^cd,
as in abandoning their ships, they would
have piit their safety upon a very preca-
nous contingency. The most northern
point of latitude which they reach td,
vas 8l.deg. 36' min. j when finding it
utterly impracticable to penetrate any
&rther, Ihcy m&de for the harbour of
Sncerenber^, which lies on the North-
west of Spitsbergen : from this place
they shaped their coi^se homewucd, and

' • Amidst these dreaiy scenes, #ie
l)Uowin^ circumstance occurred, which
Aews his wonderful perseverance and
eoo! intrepidity. Jn these high northern
latitudes, -the nights are generally clear :
daring one of. them, notwithstanding
*bc extreme hitteraese -of the cold,
ydung Nelson was absent from the
«hij)'a c5mpaiiy, and eyery search was
' instantly made in quest of him, and it
was at length the general opinion he
was lost 5 when, as soon as morning
|ia*vned, to the astonishment of Ihs
Knessmates, he was discovered at a great
distance on the ice, in the act of pur-
saingan eoormous bear with a musket,
Ae lock of which, it seems, bcinfr-iu-
^wd, the piece would not go off, and
*»e had therefore pursued the animal in
kopes of titing hinfi, and being .enabled
to effect his purpose with the butt eud !
On his return. Captain Liitwidge re-
primanded him for leaving the ship
^ihout {i^rmission, and in a severe
tone demanded what motive could poa-
obly induce nim to so raah an action ?
J-o this the young hero replied with
P«»t simpUcity — '• I wuAcd, Sir, to get

young Nelson returned safe to Orford-
ness on the 2-Hh of Seplember, having;
been absent one hundred and fourteen^
days. A biographer of the iate Earl.
Howe (who, like Nelson, had, at the-
age of fourteen, shared the perils at-
tendant on a voyage of discover}-) says :
** Kveii at this age there was a hardihood
and intrepidity about the nohle youth
that promised much," but of Nelson
wc migiit at this period say, es was said
of Miitiiidcs, •* that his countpymen,
might nov»' not only hoj)^ well of him,
but even assure* tliera -selves ho. would
be such an one as they found Ivim upon
trial." Scarcely were the two vessels*
paid off, when our young hero, .under-^
standing a snuadron was fitting out for
the Kast Indies, exerted his whole in-
terest to be a])pointed to one of the
ships. He had just yxplored the -frigid-.
;^»e, be was now anxious to pass the-
torrid ; -his wishes were gratified. He
obtained a bij;thdn the Sea Horse, of 20
guns, commanded j)y .the gallant Cap-
tiiin Farmer f: In this ship, Nelson
w^ sitationed in the fpfp jtop^ but after-
wards he was ])laced oa the ^quiirter
deck. Thus we may perceive that this,
illustrious character aid not arrive at
tlijose {honours which h^ve of late* been
HO liberally bestoived, but b}? a long se-
ries of .^i^ous find probationary ser -

Diving the period Mr. Nelson sciA-ed
in tlk: Scii Horse, he visited almost e^'ery
Dart of the East Iiulies, from Bengal tQ
liussora. He, however, became so se^
riously indisposed, that Sir Edward
Hughes, who highly esteemed him,
lesoUcd to send Yiira to Eng^ndr iu.
the Dolphin, of 20 guns. Captain
James Pigot, wliose kindness and a^^
tention were highly instrumei^^d itx
preserving that lite, which became so
dear to his country. On the 24th of
Sejitembcr, 177()> Ihe I>ul|^iq beinf^
paid off at Woolwich, Mr. iNel&on, two
days after, reoeived an order from Sijt
Junies Douglas, then commi^iditig at

^ This heave, but unfbctuaate com-
mander,' was afterwards appointed to
tlie (Quebec, in which lie engaged a
French frigate of superior force for ug-*
wards of three hours, .when, though his
ship had taken fire, and be himsdl' was
desi)cmtely wounded, he woidd j»ot quit
his vessel ^ . in a short time it Uew up
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3B§ Sl^etch 0f the UJt of the lU. Uoh. J^c§Unl NekoK:

Portsmottth, to act as Lieutenant of Badger brig odl this statton was pttA

the Worcester, of 64 gans, Captain him. He was shortly ordered to m-

. Mark Robinson, who was under sailing'' tect the Mosquito shore, aad the &ay
orders for Gibraltar, with a convoy; iii -of Honduras, from the denr^tionsoC
this he remained until the 2d of April, the American privateers. This he f!id
1777. The commander, Captain Ro- so effectually, as to gw the admiration
hinson, placed the greatest confidence and esteem of the settlers, who eaqiress-
in youns Nelson, and was often heard ed their sense of hts services by a vote
to sa^, thh he felt equally easy during of thanks. Whilst Captida Nelson
the night, when it was Nelson's watch, commanded the Badger, his Mj^estr*s
as when the oldest oflicer on board. had ship Glasgow, Captain T. Uoyd, « ftw
charge of the bhip. Mr. Nelson, at houi$ after her arrival in MoAte;gD Bay,
this time, had not attained his 19th took Are; it was pwins to the great ex-
year. ertions and presence ofmiftd of Captain
On the 8th of April, 1777, Mr. Nel- Nelson, that the whole oi the crew
son passed his examination for the rank were,saved &om perishing in the flames.
of lieutenant, and on the ensuing day On the 11th of June;, 1779> CmHm
received bis commission as second of Nclaon obtained hb post rank, and wst
the Lowes toffe, of 32 guns, Capuin appointed to the Hinohinbroke. At this
William Locker. He immediately sailed period. Count D*£staing threatened Ja<
fbr the Jamaica sution-. But the active maica with a numerous fleet aod army.
mtnd of Nelson could not endure that l^e command of the batteries at Port
leisure which he found in a stationary Royal was entrusted to Captain Nelson,
ship, and he solicited an appointment . It was a. critical and highiy important
to the command of a schooner, tender post, being the key to the naval toiceof
to the Lowestoffe. In thi& little vessel the txxwa cl Kingston, and to the seat
he ran through all the intricate passages of government at Spanish Town, lir
of the Khig*s Islands, on the northern January, 1^80, an expedition being re-
side of Ilispani^ra, and became a com- solved on, Vor the reduction of Fort
plete and most skilful pilot here. Juan on the ri^^er St. John* in ^egoi^'
Every minute incident in the life of of Mexico, Captain Nelson %vas appoint-
00 great a character, 1>ecomes highly in- ed to superintend the navil department;
tecesting. The fallowing atiecdote can- and Major .• Polsod ihe ' <nilitary; 9*0
not, therefore, be considered unimport- further the object of d>is exficditiop;
iint, as' it shews the intrepidity and ar- Cf^ptqin Nelson quitted )»«- »nip, aod
dour for distinction which is so preva- superintended iho transporting the troops
lent in the navy. In a strong g^le of in boatSi one hundred miles up this
wind and n heavy sea, the Lowestoffe river, a river which none but the Sj»-
oaptured an American letter of marque. <iiards, since the timeof the Buccaneers,

. Tne captain ordered the first liqu tenant had ever navigated. Major Poison bene

10 take possession of her, which he ample testimopy Cto General Dalling)

aoconlinglV attempted without effect, of the exertions pf his brave coUeagv^,

owing to tlie tremi'ndous sea. Captain who, after storming fin: outpost of the

Lockec. then exclaimed, <* Have I no- enemy, .situated on an island in die

officer who can board the prize ?" On river, constructed bcoteries, and actaalh

this the masto: ran to the gangway, in fought the Spaniards witi> tlieir ovi'ii

. pedcr to jump itito the boat. Nelson guns. The object of the expedition

llew and stopped him — " It is my turn was accompli^d, but the liealth of

now," cried he, " if' I come back, it our gallant countryman had, by bis

will be vour's P' How justly has it great exertions in this climate, becone

been saici, that the energies pf Nelson's very consideraUy impaired ; apd havisa

mind were ever in proportion to the been appointed to the^ J^hius, of 44

dangers and ctifiicultics virhich siirroutid- guns, at Jamaica, be tQok his |^sa^

cd him. On the arrival of llearrAd- thither in the Victor 'sloop to. join his

miral Sir Peter IVker at Jamaica, in sbip. Sir Peter Packet perceiving die

i77^> he afipoin ted Lieutenant Nelson state of his friend, ^entreated him to je*

third of the BristoU his fbg ship, of tire to his Penn ^ but-findisg, notwidi-

which, by rotiition, he became the iir&t : standing every medical assistance, that

indecvl he concluded his sendees in the his hoaTth continued lodechne lapidij,

rankof lieutenaMtin this ship> On the- he was constrained to return to liiig-*

9th of Decembec^ the command of the la^d, whicn iie did m his -IHigttty'i

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Sietch afthetfenflhe Sl.Han.Flscoiuil'Ni^A


Uob* commanded by the Hon.
i^liaai Comwallis, to whose caie aod
attention Caut^in Nelson mii^t be said
(ft owe his me. After bis arrival. He
was «le\'i^ weeks at Bath bafore he re-
coveied the use of his limbs. In Au-
gast* 1701 » he nevertheless assumed
wt comi^and of the AJb^narle, and
Ms»ed the whole, of the winter in the
North. Sias.' In April, I7&lf Captain
Nelson 9ftilc4 with a convoy ibr New*
{bundknd and Quebec, under .the or-*
d^rs of Captain Thoa. Pringle. W hibt
eraisins off Boston,- he was chased by
three snips of the line and the J sis fn-

Ste, and owing to their, superior sailing,
eyweregaioinji fastunoa him :. at this
momeot, Captaia^ Nelson resolved to
trust to Proividence, and his o^'n expe-
dience in. pilotage,, and run his snip
ampnjg the shoals of St. George's banksi
The line of battle ships became alarmed^
aad immediately quitted the pursuit;
the frigate, howerer. Continued it, and
having approached within little more
than gun shot. Captain Nelson prepared
to give battle ; the enemy on tnis (per^
feiving the main-top-skjl . laid to the
mast) thought proper to tack and sheer
off. In October, 1782, Captain NeU
son sailed from Quebec with a convoy
to New York, where he joined Sir
Samuel Hood> and afterwkrds sailed
wi(h him to the West Iixlies, and
wa$. actircly employed . till the peace.
Captain Nelaon was soon ordered to
Eomnd, but directed in his way to at-
tend Prince WilUam Henry, on his visit
io the Havannah. On tlie last d^v of
July, 176^, the Albemarle was paici off
at I'ortamouth, and in the ensuing au<^
|umn Captain Nelson w^nt .to France)
yrheie he remained :tilh the spring of
1784, when he took 'tkt command of
,the Boreas frigate, of 28 fi^ns, and was
oideped to the Leewatd (slatids. Cap-
tain Nelson had uhder him. the Duke
of Clarence, who commanded the Pe-
(jasos. On this station, a misunder*
standing took place between him and
|he governors and ciistom-house offi-
ceis, on the sulgcct of tlte right of thfe
AaMricans to trade with our West India
iilauds. It will be siifhcientto observe,
4iat an act of parliament has since con-
£nned the propriety of Captain Nelson's
conducL On this command he reiha'm-
cd till June, 1787^ when he sailed for

hi the month of March of this year
he was uoited lo Prances Herbert 5ies-

bit, widow of Dr. Nesbit, of the islanA
of Ne\'is, daughter of William HLThertj;
esq. ^aenior nidge, and niece to Mr^ Her-
bert, presi<l(uit of that island ; the hxidt
being given, away by Prince Wilham
Henry. By this lady Lord Nelson had
no family, but L«dy NeJson has a son
now livuig, bv Dr. > Nesbit. He i# a
very gallant ofiicer^ an(' Served under hia
faiuer-in-law with g^?t . distinction.
(.Captain Nelaon retired with his lady to
his native ^Iftce, at B^mham Thorpe ;
and nevef, -perhaps, was a man better
formed for. the enjoyment of domestie
happiness, possessmg the ^ most gentle
temper and the most affectionate heart.
But duty to hb country,* and the atqut*-
silion 0/ renown, u'ere otjecls to which
he saci>6ced every otner consideration.
In the year 1/90, therefore, on the dis-
pitc relative to Nobtka ^ound, he left
his retirement, and oHered his services ^
but his endeavours to get actively em*

Sloyed were ineffectual till the 3()th of
aiiuary, 1 793,. when Captain* N ebon
^Vas appointed to the Agamenmon, of
64 gtms*» in a maiincr \vni6h consider-
ably soothed his feelings, indianant as
he was at -the coolness with wiiich hit
offers of service had previously heed
received. He was' soon placed undef
that noble officer. Lord Hood, then ap^
pointed to command in the MeditenaJ^
nean. At Toulon stnd at Baritta, Cap*
tain^elson greatly distinguished him«
self. At the siege of Caivi, in July
and August, 17ih^f he behaved witi
the greatest intrepidity. Here he %vas
unfortunately deprived of the sight of
his right eye, by a shot from the eno^.
lily's battery striking the upner pait
ot tliat wfiich he commanded, add

• Of this ship's .company, a great
part tvas raised in the neighbourhood oT
ournham Thorpe. The jpeneral opiniofi
of his conduct and abilities as an officer
was such, that gentlemen were desiroits
to place their sons under his command,
ana some obtained the favour : amorg
those whom lie obliged wai the Ilcv.
Mrl Bolton, his relation; and the Ret.
Mr., Hoste, and Witherhead, who wcrt
^)crmitted to enter their sons midship-
men on board the Agamemnon. It has
been jusily observed, if these gentlemen
wished to give their sons an insight ihto
their profession, founded upon practice
and example^ they.«ould not have se^
lected a fitter uiaster.

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Sketch. of tfu Life of ihe Rt. Hon. VvMient Ife/son.

idrivinp; sand into his face with prodi-
gious force.

It is impossible for us to record all
the brilliant exploits of this vetenm.
Scarcely a gazette appeared, but it«oiw
tained an account oi some service per-
formed, some gallantly displayed, soimc
Oiterprise undertaken : if ships were to
. be cut out of thdr harbours, if ^he ha-
zardous landing nf troops was to be ef-
fected, Horatio NeJsOR's name alwap
stood fopeinost with bis brave officers
and crew. The nation was. not insen-
sible to these exertions'; the two houses
of parliament voted a resolution of
thanks, which was p«rtiru4arly flatter-
ing to Captain Nelson's feelings, and
shewed Oie estimation in which his
peiviccs were held. In October, 1794,
Lord Hotham succeeded Lord Hood
in the command of the Mediterranean,
ind honoured Captain Nelson with his
f^reatest confidence. In the actions
Svhich took place with the Frencii <floet
on the 13th and 14th of March, as also
on the 13th of July, 1/95, C/aptain
Kelson hi|;hly dtsunguiblied himself.
Admiral Hotham afterwards appointed
him to co-operate -with the Ajustrian
General De Vins, at V-ado Bay, on the
•coa^i of Genoa. On this service he
jcmained till Admiral Hotham was
auper&edcd by Sir John Jer^'is. In
April, I790'j the Commander-in-chief
so much approved of Captain Nelson*8
conduct, inut he was directid to wear
a distinguishing pendant ; ^nd in May
he was rem ovwi from his favourite old
'ship, the Agamemnon, to the Captain,
of 74 guns : on the nth of August, a
captain was appointed under him. It
ntab a general obseniatioii at this time,
tliat txfore Nelson quitted his old ship,
he had not only fairly worn her out*,
hut also had exhaustea himself and his
«hip*s company. His constitution, like
that of the great Turcnnc, vrzs originally
very delicate, but from habits of active
service he was 4:nab1ed to support great
fatigue. His strength was, lunvever.

* * When tlie Agamemnon came into
idock to be refitted, in October, 1/^6^
x\<i are informed there was not a mast,
^tiril, sail, nor any |MUt of the figging,
but was obliged to be repaired—the
whole being cut to pieces with shot;
lier hull had long been kept together by
cables 8er\ ed round.

much impaired previous to ta/tA Vloitti
returning to England.

In number, 1796, CowBodoR
Kelson foisted his broad flag on boaid
La Minorve firigate, Captain Geoi^
Goeklmme, whtcn ship, widi otbcn,
were dispatched to Porto Femjo, to
bring the naval stores Iving there t»
Gibraltar, of which the 'fleet at diat
time stood in ^at need. On the po'
sage, ill the night of the 1 pth of De-
cember, the Coraiaodore tell in with
two Spanish fngates, one of which be
captured, after a baid fought action at
three hours. She proveil to be La Si-
bina, of '40 gmos and 286 men, Don
Jacobo Scoart, captain. On the 12th
of Febmai^*, Cooun«dore Nelson felft
in whh ^e Mitole Spanish fleet, oi
the month of 4he straks of Gibiakar,
'through which he -passed safe, ahhoii«^
chacM by two line of battle ships; ne
an-ived juU in tkne to^ve the necessary
informadon to Sir John Jervis, who
was stationed oS Cape St. VincRit.
ConrraMdOre Nelson shifted his pendaBt
en board his former ship, the Captaia,
of 74 gu«i6, Ralph ^. Miller, fai(.
commarraer. Scarmrfy had the Com-
modore eflfeeted this, 'when the si^
was thrown out for the Britbh fleet ta
prepare^ for action : the ships were dir
rccted to keep in close order in the
night, during the whole of which,- ihe
enemy's signal guns were distinctly
heard. The momtn^ was d^ anJ
hazy: at half-past snc the Collodcn
discovering five sail in the S. W. quafter,
the signal for the fled to prepare for
battle was repeated -.« at eight o'clock
the squadron ivas ordered to form ia
close order. A few minutes before ten
the enemy's fleet was viAbie to the
whole sQuadron. The shipt first dis-
covered oy the Culloden, were at diis
period separated from their main bodv,
which was beariYrg down in some con-
fusion to join the sepavated ships. It
appeared to be "Sir John Jer^ns's inlen*
tion, at the first, to cut off these ships
from the enemy's fleet, before the qms
body could arrive to their assistance;
but 'the admiral afterwards formed the
fleet into a line of battle a head as most
proper. The si^al was then pven to
pass through the enemy's line: this
oold manoeuvre was quickly executed ',
the Spanish admiral, who was now to
windward with his main body of 18
ships of ^e line, p beiog cut off to

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Sketclji of the Life of the Rt, H(m. Viscwnt Nehoit. . S9 1

latfWitfd; these nine, however, made a (toother with a detachment of the 6gth
movrment to join the foroier, hy pas^ regiment,* commanded Ijy Lieut. Pear-
ing ihfough^ or to the leeward of the son, doins duty as marines on hoard >
BritiihKne.. Commodore Nelson heing passed wrtn rapidity on tioatd the enc-
stationed in the^ tear, imm/ediately jper- my*s ship, and in a fe%v minntes the
jceivfd their inteVtion ; i» order to (rus- San Nicholas was in the possession of
trate it, he irore and stood- towards the her intrepid assailants. The commo-
eoemy. fiy tftiis movenftent the com- dore^s araour would not permit him to
nodore found himself alongside the remain an inactive spectator of tlii»
Spaoish admirars flag sfiip, the Sonds^' scene^ his motto had always been
sima Trinidada, of 1S6 gunsy »ship of

lour decks, presumed- the largest in the Quo* res eunque cadont mtum- et co;n«-
world. This did not, however, deter mune periculam'

.Commodoxe Nelson fromienea^ng his Una salus ambobas erit..
colossal opponent, although he had to

.contend not only with her, bat with He accompanied the iMTty in this at-
her seconds ahead and astern, each of tack, as if by mafE;ii:/inHucnce, passing
three decks I While maintaining this from the fore chains of liis own $hi]>
.luiequal combat, which excited the ad- into the enemy's quarter gallery, and
miration of all his friends, who w^re thence through the cabin to the quarter
anxiously flying, to his support, the deck, where he received the sword from
CuUodeii, Captain Troubridge, and the the dying commander, wlio had beei»
Blenheim, Captain Frederick, oppor- mortally wovmdod bv tb^^boapders. The
.tunely arrived. The Spanish admiral sword ne afterwarus presented to the
was staggered at the intrepidity of the t^lty of Norwich. Scarcely was this
British, and perceiving several . other hard-earned conquest sectored, but a
English «hip^ fast approaching, he re- more arduous task presented itsclfv Hiti
linouished his hope^ of joininghis ships fonher opponent, the San Josef, a three;*
to leeward. Commodlore Nelson after decker,* now sorely annoyed with mns-
•this became closely euga^d witli a ketry those who had boarded the San
S{Kuiish three d^ker, bearing an ad- Nicbnlas. Two alternatives only pie^
mirars flag. Captain CoUingwood, in sented themselves— either to quit th«
the Exoellont, hastened to his relief, prize, or instantly to board the three*
but before he could come tip, the Spa- decker. Confident in the bravery of
niard's i(ii%ea ma&t fell overboard, and jus seamen, the commodore was not
>hc got entangled with her second, the long iu resolving on wiiich s'%^p he
Sun Nicholas, a two decker, of 84 guns, sliould take. Directing an a<Ulitional .
Commodore Nelson had nearly expend- number of men to be sent from the
ed tbe -whole of his an^muuition ; his Captain on board thcSanNicliolas, tlie

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