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MEMOIR OF VICE-ADMIRAL THE HONOURABLE SIR HENRY BLACKWOOD, BART.
Tvis Island has mainly wed her table defeat. The glories even of greatness to her Navy; nor in all the Hawke and Rodney were eclipsed revolutions among kingdoms and em- by those of Jervis and Nelson-and pires, that may be destined to take the dominion of the seas settled at place in time, can we imagine a con
Aboukir and Trafalgar. dition of the world in which her The Americans are of our own greatness will not still have to be blood, and they fought against us, guarded by the same power,
It both on shore and sea, in a way worrepresents the national character in thy of their national origin. At sea, its most formidable attributes, and in almost all their victories, but not embodies the national might in the in all, they were greatly, in some most magnificentimpersonation. The overwbelmingly, superior in force; British Navy—these are words of fear nor need we now either be surprito tyrants, and of succour to slaves. sed or mortified at the issue of such All shores have been shaken by that combats. Britain ought rather to be thunder; and usurpation bas felt the proud that her flag had never been crown falling from its forehead, struck on the sea, and then always
with honour, but to her own sons, “As patriot hopes arise, and doubts are dumb, who, for that freedom's sake which When bold, in Freedom's cause, the Sons of has ever been her own glory, had Ocean come !"
been nobly rebellious, and in their In none of those great sea-fights independence had shewn that they with the intrepid and skilful Hol- were worthy to contend with the landers, were our fleets vanquished; heroes of that country from whom some were doubtful or drawn bat- they derived their own descent. tles; in most our flag flew in tri- Never more may they meet as eneumph. Previous to their Great Re- mies ! Providence seems to have volution, the French never could assigned to this small island, and to cope with us at sea; ever after it, that mighty continent, a different whether engaging our fleets, with destiny, but equally great; and may their own, or in junction with the both, now and ever, be fulfilled in Spaniard, they sustained signal and peace! America, if her councils contotal overthrows. As certain was tinue to be wise, will never seek to the same issue in all single combats be a great naval power.
Britain between ship and ship; and our ene- will never
cease to uphold her mies fought not for the glory of vic. Fleets, else of no
will be her tory, but of resistance against inevi- armies ; toget!
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