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Day after day the hot sun rose and fell, and added to the tale of victims. Many of the ships were changed to vast coffins, with never a living soul in them, and drifted and sank in the harbour, weary of the day and their sore burden. How would his heart be filled with sorrow, with sweet sad thoughts of home and friends beyond the far seas, as Death laid a fevered hand upon him also, shaking his dark lance over his head, only forbearing to strike! To meet a visible enemy had been easy, to contend with a mortal foe a thing without terror ; but this invisible, insidious, and insatiable assailant, who could look upon his inroads with indifference or regard his approaches without a shudder?
As the commander saw the vessels ghostly hearses of the dead around him in the harbour, with their tattered sails and dismantled rigging, or their dropping shrouds a dark network across the moon's disc, how would his senses be oppressed and his soul choked and suffocated under the irresistible dominion of the arch-conqueror!
No doubt he would keep up his inspection of the sick ; no doubt he would order his ship as well as possible, and be content to be doing his duty under circum- stances of so much horror, in the midst of scenes so appalling. Though he fails to tell us so, we may be certain that his voice would be heard above the storm and the roaring of the sea, heartening the sailors to their task, and cheering them to struggle for dear life.
Then we see them toiling over the surf on their frail raft till they reach the strand. But what a desolation! A long, flat, sandy shore, and nothing else but sand! Day after day with little to support life, they watch the tossing billows around them, night after night they lie down weary and unprotected, suffering almost every want, and hardly snatch a few hours of perturbed repose. At last help comes.
The brave spirits have not wrought and expected in vain. They regain the mainland exhausted and half-starved; only the indomitable British courage and energy unquenched within them. It may be mentioned that in the account of himself and his doings from which the foregoing sketch is taken, Collingwood omits to state that shortly before his shipwreck of which he was exculpated from all blame the Pelican his ship had captured Le Cerf, a French frigate of 16 guns, and recaptured the Blandford, a richly-laden vessel from Glasgow, under very creditable circumstances.
When Collingwood went to the West Indies in he took with him Captain Moutray and his wife, the former of whom had been appointed resident naval commissioner at Antigua.
They afterwards became fast friends. Moutray, writing to Mrs. Newnham Collingwood, Lord Colling- wood's daughter, many years afterwards, gives an insight into his character which may not unfitly find a place here. But the intimacy of a long passage in his ship gave us the good fortune to know him as he was, so that after our arrival at Antigua, whenever he was at St.
John's or in English Harbour, he was as a beloved brother in our house. Moutray returned to England in , she made Lord Collingwood a present of " a trifle " : a purse she had netted for him, for which Colling- wood returned the following graceful verses of thanks : "Your net shall be my care, my dear, For length of time to come, While I am faint and scorching here, And you rejoice at home.
The station was occupied at this time for the purpose of preventing the trade of the United States, which had been proscribed by convention, with those possessions. Unfortunately the navigation laws were not so clearly laid down as to be beyond dispute. Nelson, after seizing several ships, was much harassed by arrests and law-suits, through which, however, he was supported by the English government.
In a letter to Mr. Locker, written in , when on this service, Nelson gives a hearty testimony to Colling- wood's goodness and worth. He says, " Collingwood is at Grenada, which is a great loss to me ; for there is nobody that I can make a confidant of.
What an amiable, good man he is! All the rest are geese. It was fully reciprocated by Collingwood. Soon after his arrival at home he received a sympathetic letter of condolence from Nelson, informing him of the death of his brother Wilfred, who had been captain of the Rattler, also on the West Indian service ; an active and promising young officer, whom Nelson deeply mourned as a friend. He says, "Collingwood, poor fellow, is no more. I have cried for him, and most sincerely do I condole with you on his loss.
In him his Majesty has lost a faithful servant and the service a most excellent officer. It shows the principles by which he himself was guided and governed, and how early he had adopted them. It is full of sound philosophy and sterling common sense, and reflects as much credit on his head as on his heart. It is dated in London, Nov. You may depend on it, that it is more in your power than any one else's to promote both your comfort and advancement. A strict and unwearied attention to your duty, and a complais- ant and respectful behaviour, not only to your superiors, but to everybody, will ensure you their regard ; and the reward will surely come, and I hope soon, in the shape of preferment : but if it should not, I am sure you have too jnuch good sense to let disap- pointment sour you.
Guard carefully against letting discontent appear in you ; it is sorrow to your friends, and triumph to your competitors, and cannot be pro- ductive of any good. Conduct yourself so as to deserve the best that can come to you ; and the consciousness of your own proper behaviour will keep you in spirits, if it should not come.
Let it be your ambition to be foremost on all duty. Do not be a nice observer of turns, but for ever present yourself ready for everything ; and if your officers are not very inattentive men, they will not allow the others to impose more duty on you than they should: but I never knew one who was exact not to do more than his share of duty, who would not neglect that when he could do so without fear of punishment. I need not say more to you on the subject of sobriety, than to recommend to you the continuance of it as exactly as when you were with me.
Everyjlay affords you instances of the evils arising from drunken- ness. Were a man as wise as Solomon and as brave as Hchilles, he would still be unworthy of trust if he addicted himself to grog. Let your companions be such as yourself, or superior; for the worth of a man will always be ruled by that of his company. You do not find pigeons associate with hawks, or lambs with bears : and it is as unnatural for a good man to be the companion of blackguards.
Read let me charge you to read. Study books that treat of your profession, and of history. Study Faulkner's ] ictionaiy, and borrow, if you can, books which describe the West Indies, and compare what you find there with your own observation. Thus employed, you will always be in good company. Wisdom does not come by instinct, but will be fi mnd when diligently sought forj seek herj.. You see I am writing to you as one very much interested for your welfare. Receive it as a proof that I shall always have pleasure in hearing of your success. Give my best respects to Captain Brown.
I am infinitely obliged to him for the favour he did me in taking you ; and I hope you are showing your gratitude to him by your best exertions. Remember, Lane, before you are five and twenty, you must establish a character that will serve you all your life. I hear Bennet, my dear boy Pennet, is Avitli you at. I wish you good health : and be assured of the regard of, my dear Lane, your sincere friend. Friend to himself he would find the whole world friendly, or make it so. Nothing could go very much amiss to one anchored upon so true a basis.
On him the whips and scorns of time would fall comparatively lightly. JJlame or praise would not furnish the rule of life to him who held a nobler standard far above them both. He' could afford to lift his head higher than the world's estimate. Its rewards could not make him rich, its detractions could not impoverish him. The paltriness of time and place service were as far removed from him as they are from honesty: the contemptible intrigues of meanness and selfishness find no place with such a code. To such souls the world goes round in a smoother course.
They can never be bankrupt, for their wealth is a fountain of perpetually flowing satisfactions. They look over the horizon and see the land of rest lying calm and still beyond the tossing of the seas, the roaring of the tempest, the storm and the thunder, and are at peace peace with themselves and the whole world, for their name is Peace. This was in every respect a most happy marriage, and had only the drawback of Collingwood's subsequent long absence from home.
Two daughters were the sole offspring ; Sarah, born in , and Mary Patience in We bore down to them, and formed ours, which took us all the evening. The night was spent in watching and preparation for the succeeding day ; and many a blessing did I send forth to my Sarah, lest I should never bless her more. At dawn we made our approach on the enemy, then drew up, dressed our ranks, and it was about eight when the admiral made the signal for each ship to engage her opponent, and bring her to close action, and then down we went under a crowd of sail, and in a manner that would have animated the coldest heart, and struck terror into the most intrepid enemy.
The ship we were to engage was two ahead of the French admiral, so that we had to go through his fire and that of two ships next him, and received all their broadsides two or three times before we fired a gun. It was then near ten o'clock. I observed to the admiral that about that time our wives were going to church, but that I thought the peal we should ring about the Frenchmen's ears would outdo their parish bells. Lord Howe began his fire some time before we did ; and he is not in the habit of firing too soon.
We got very near indeed, and. During the whole action the most t exact order was preserved, and no accident happened but what was inevitable, and the consequence of the enemy's shot. Soon after, they called from the forecastle that the Frenchman was sinking ; at which the men started up and gave three cheers. I saw the French ship dismasted, and on her broadside, but in an instant she was clouded with smoke, and I do not know whether she sunk or not.
All the ships in our neigh- bourhood were dismasted, and are taken, except the French admiral, who was driven out of the line by Lord Howe, and saved himself by flight. At about twenty minutes past twelve, the fire slackened, the French fled, and left us seven of their fine ships Sans Pareil, 84; Juste, 84; ISAcliille, 74; Northumberland, 74; L'Amerique, 80; and Le Vengeur, 74, which last sunk the same evening ; so that you see we have had as complete a victory as could be won. It did not last very severely much more than two hours, when ten of the enemy's ships were dismasted, and two of ours.