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A Sailor of King George

The Journals of Captain Frederick Hoffman, R.N. 1793–1814

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,707 / 260 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.4
LoC Categories: CT, VD
Downloads: 1,202
Added to site: 2008.12.14
mnybks.net#: 22868
Origin: gutenberg.org

In a memorial presented in 1835 to the Lords of the Admiralty, the author of the journals which form this volume details his various services. He joined the Navy in October, 1793, his first ship being H.M.S. Blonde. He was present at the siege of Martinique in 1794, and returned to England the same year in H.M.S. Hannibal with despatches and the colours of Martinique.It appears that he wrote these records of his life while residing at Dover in 1838. He evidently intended to have them published, but for some reason or another they have never hitherto been printed.

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CHAPTER I.

EARLY EXPERIENCES.

My mother consents to my going to sea--Journey to Portsmouth--Join H.M.S. Blonde--Take General Prescott and suite on board--We sail--Supply West Indiamen with provisions and in return impress six seamen--Windbound at Falmouth--Again sail--Attacked by four French frigates, but escape and again make Falmouth--Finally sail for West Indies--Amusements in crossing the Equator.

One morning sitting with my mother in the drawing room and entreating her to comply with my wish to enter the Navy, she was so intent on listening to my importunities and her patchwork that she did not observe that the cat was running away with her favourite goldfinch; the cat, with the poor bird in its mouth

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