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The Wooden Walls of Old England, Or, the Lives of Celebrated Admirals

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Pages: 146

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Margaret Fraser Tytler

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. EARL ST VINCENT. Your present hero, my dearest boy, was the second son of Mr. Jervis, an English gentleman of moderate fortune, who from being himself a lawyer, was particularly anxious that his second son should adopt the same profession. A change of residence from Staffordshire, to Greenwich, was the cause of this wish being frustrated, for the boy who was thus thrown entirely among naval associates, imbibed so strong a taste for the sea, that he would no longer tolerate the idea of any other line of life. He was, moreover, solemnly assured, by no less authority than his father's coachman, that all lawyers were rogues, and to escape from swelling a list, so distinguished,the future hero, whose whole system of naval rule, is said to have consisted in the word " obey:" whose path to fame originated in the discipline, which he alone, found means to maintain, when all around, were in a state of discord and rebellion, began his course in life by an utter contempt of the word, for he ran nway from his home and friends. Entreaty, command, and threats of lasting punishment, should he persist in his scheme, were all used to induce his return, but they were all in vain : and finding at length, that nothing else could be done, it was resolved that the self-willed urchin, should have his own way, and go to sea. To sea accordingly he did go, although, as at this time he was but ten years old, the nursery would have been a fitter place for the tiny hero, and it would, I think, have been a kindly action to have bound his little hands and feet, if by no other means, he could be kept safe prisoner there. I have told you that the fortune of Mr. Jervis was a very moderate one, but perhaps it was with the intention, of making the first years of the little sailor's life less comf...  


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