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The Soldier of Three Queens (1866)

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Pages: 128

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Robert Henderson

Excerpt from book: 41 CHAPTER III. " Anna virumque cano."—Vib.gil. At this critical juncture there appeared on the scene one who, beyond doubt, was the man for the occasion: no less a man than Captain, afterwards Admiral Sir Charles Napier. Captain Napier had been long chafing and fretting in the gloomy shades of disappointed expectation. Known to be one of our best and smartest naval officers, the piping times of peace offered no field of action worthy of such a man in the British navy: and, despite the penalties of the Foreign Enlistment Act, hearing that Admiral Sartorius wished to retire, Captain Napier offered his services to the Portuguese government (Pedroite). They were at once accepted, and certain conditions which Admiral Napier required also conceded. The two principal of which were the paying up of the officers and men of the squadron, and rank and employment for a certain number of officers he proposed to bring with him. Accordingly, in May 1833, Admiral Napier came out to Oporto in a steamer, which, with four others, was full of picked seamen, and brought with him a number of naval officers of his own choosing: his step-son Captain Napier, who was afterwards unfortunately drowned in the " Avenger," on the northern coast of Africa, being among the number. Admiral Sartorius resigned, and Admiral Napier was appointed to the command of the Pcdroite fleet, as it was rather grandiloquently called. Through the exertions of Scfior Mende- zabel, the great finance man of the constitutional party, Admiral Napier had brought out sufficient money to pay the crews up all their arrears of pay, and the officers a large proportion in ready moneyand the remainder in bills, which were afterwards duly honoured. Having thus a fair start, the admiral, having re-arranged the whole for...  

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