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Page 466 - ... in a hostile spirit, and although it is clearly the intention of the Allied Governments to avoid, if possible, anything that may bring on war, yet the prevention of supplies, as stated in your instructions, is ultimately to be enforced, if necessary, and when all other means are exhausted, by cannon-shot.
Page 245 - I immediately went on board of her, when he anticipated my wish by volunteering to bring the schooners, which had been kept astern by the lightness of the wind, into close action. It was with unspeakable pain that I saw, soon after I got on board the Niagara, the flag of the Lawrence come down, although I was perfectly sensible that she had been defended to the last, and that to have continued to make a show of resistance would have been a wanton sacrifice of the remains of her brave crew.
Page 193 - I depend only upon your personal ambition for your acceding to this invitation: we both have nobler motives. You will feel it as a compliment if I say, that the result of our meeting may be the most grateful service I can render to my country; and I doubt not that you, equally confident of success, will feel convinced...
Page 451 - Government to maintain the relations of peace and amity between the Nations ; and as part indemnification to the British Government for the expenses of the war, His Majesty the King of Ava agrees to pay the sum of one crore of rupees.
Page 289 - To live with fame The gods allow to many; but to die With equal lustre is a blessing Heaven Selects from all the choicest boons of fate. And with a sparing hand on few bestows.
Page 246 - That the capture of his majesty's late squadron was caused by the very defective means Captain Barclay possessed to equip them on Lake Erie ; the want of a sufficient number of able seamen, whom he had repeatedly and earnestly requested of Sir James Yeo to be sent to him ; the very great superiority of force of the enemy to the British squadron ; and the unfortunate early fall of the superior officers in the action.
Page 362 - It is with emotions of pride I bear testimony to the gallantry and steadiness of every officer and man I had the honour to command on this occasion ; and I feel satisfied that the fact of their having beaten a force equal to themselves, in the presence and almost under the guns of so vastly a superior force, when, too, it was almost self-evident, that whatever their exertions might be, they must ultimately be captured, will be taken as evidence of what they would have performed, had the force opposed...
Page 241 - A few shot struck our hull, and a little rigging was cut, but nothing of importance — not a man was hurt. I was much disappointed that sir James refused to fight me, as he was so much superior in point of force, both in guns and men, having upwards of 20 guns more than we have, and heaves a
Page 53 - Laye, with her head to the shore, and the maintopsail shivering, and made dispositions for laying one of them along-side; but they hauled so very close round the point, following the direction of the coast to the eastward of it, that, in my ignorance of the depth of water so near the shore, I did not think it practicable consistent with the safety of his Majesty's ship (drawing near 25 feet water ) , to prosecute that plan, I therefore bore up, and steered parallel to them at the distance of about...