The History of England, Volume 5

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Page 286 - His plan of defence was as well conceived and as original as the plan of attack. He formed the fleet in a double line, every alternate ship being about a cable's length to windward of her second ahead and astern. Nelson, certain of a triumphant issue to the day, asked Blackwood what he should consider as a victory.
Page 71 - He made signal to tack in succession. Nelson, whose station was in the rear of the British line, perceived that the Spaniards were bearing up before the wind, with an intention of forming their line, going large, and joining their separated ships; or else, of getting off without an engagement. To prevent either of these schemes, he disobeyed the signal without a moment's hesitation, and ordered his ship to be wore. This at once brought him into action with the Santissima Trinidad...
Page 129 - For the like purpose it would be fit to propose, that all laws in force at the time of the union, and all the courts of civil and ecclesiastical jurisdiction, within the respective kingdoms, shall remain as now by law established within the same, subject only to such alterations or regulations from time to time, as circumstances may appear to the parliament of the United Kingdom to require.
Page 232 - I have been actuated by a sincere disposition for the maintenance of peace. It is, nevertheless, impossible for me to lose sight of that established and wise system of policy by which the interests of other states are connected with our own ; and I cannot, therefore, be indifferent to any material change in their relative condition and strength.
Page 111 - ... distance, full into the bows of our van ships. It was received in silence: the men on board every ship were employed aloft in furling sails, and below in tending the braces, and making ready for anchoring. A...
Page 114 - Hood, he was recalled. It was generally believed by the officers that if Nelson had not been wounded not one of these ships could have escaped ; the four certainly could not if the Culloden had got into action ; and if the frigates...
Page 203 - Renew hostilities !" cried Nelson to one of his friends, for he understood French enough to comprehend what was said, though not to answer it in the same language; "tell him we are ready at a moment ! Ready to bombard this very night...
Page 286 - I can do no more. We must trust to the Great Disposer of all events, and the justice of our cause. I thank God for this great opportunity of doing my duty.
Page 113 - Swiftsure, which opened a steady fire on the quarter of the Franklin, and the bows of the French admiral. At the same instant, Captain Ball, with the Alexander...

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