Voyages to various parts of the world, made between 1799 and 1844

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Page 193 - Oh ! ever thus, from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower, But 'twas the first to fade away. I never nursed a dear gazelle. To glad me with its soft black eye, But when it came to know me well, And love me, it was sure to die ! Now too — the joy most like divine Of all I ever dreamt or knew.
Page 37 - ... of whom were killed or wounded. She was one of the best equipped and manned vessels of her class I have ever seen. The Decatur...
Page 87 - ... occupied three or four days. Captain Wise was a fine, gentlemanly man, and always treated me and my officers with respect and kindness. "We messed in the ward-room. I had a state-room to myself, and was as comfortable and happy as I could be under the circumstances. I used to dine with Capt. Wise almost daily ; he frequently said to me, " Don't feel depressed by captivity, but strive to forget that you are a prisoner, and imagine that you are only a passenger.
Page 29 - We were then drifting directly on shore, where the cliffs were rocky, abrupt, and almost perpendicular, and were perhaps almost 1,000 feet high. At each blast of lightning we could see the surf break, whilst we heard the awful roar of the sea dashing and breaking against the rocks and caverns of this iron-bound island. "When I went below I found the captain in the act of going to bed; and as near as I can recollect, the following dialogue took place: " 'Well, Captain K., what shall we do next ? We...
Page 37 - I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant, JOHN H. DENT. Hon. WM. JONES, Secretary of the Navy. During the combat, which lasted an hour, the King's packet-ship Princess Charlotte remained a silent spectator of the scene, and as soon as the vessels were disengaged from each other she tacked about and stood to the southward. She had sailed from St. Thomas, bound to England, under convoy, to a certain latitude, of the Dominico.
Page 12 - Leopard upon the American frigate Chesapeake, in a period of profound peace, and at a moment when from peculiar causes the latter ship was in a defenceless position. This act roused a spirit which nothing could quell. Congress declared war in 1812 against the mightiest of the nations. But " thrice were we armed," for we
Page 13 - ... claimed so long and exercised so arrogantly, is now abandoned ; that our nation and our people know no superiors; and that we present at this moment the most remarkable spectacle the world has ever known of a free, prosperous, powerful, and educated people. Let it be our aim to bear our prosperity with moderation, with dignity, and with gratitude to the great Ruler of nations ; and to remember that we shall become base whenever we wield our power against the weak and humble, or in any cause that...
Page 51 - ... I held a short consultation with my officers on the subject of attempting to get to windward (which would involve our receiving a broadside), or of running off to leeward. . . . I gave orders to get the square-sail and studding-sails all ready to run at the same moment, and thus when everything was prepared, the helm was put up, and every square-sail set in a moment. The frigate not dreaming of my running to leeward, was unprepared to chase off...
Page 51 - ... a moment. The frigate, not dreaming of my running to leeward, was unprepared to chase off the wind, and I should think it was at least five minutes before he had a studding-sail set, so that I gained about a mile at the commencement of the chase. The wind was light from the ENE and the weather very fine.
Page 12 - England assumed and boasted that a few broadsides from her " wooden walls " would drive our paltry striped bunting from the ocean. Our seamen were impressed by them — our vessels searched in the most arrogant and offensive manner, and their people ill-treated. One outrage of this kind succeeded another, until one of their men-of-war fired her cowardly cannon into a harmless little unarmed vessel (April 26th, 1806), off Sandy Hook, and one of our citizens was killed.

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