. Vincent, Wolfe and Moore, Nelson and Wellington, they have carried their lives in their hands; getting hard knocks and hard work in plenty, which was, on the whole, what they looked for, and the best thing for them; and little praise or pudding, which indeed they, and most of us, are better without. Talbots and Stanleys, St. Maurs, and such-like folk have led armies and made laws time out of mind; but those noble families would be somewhat astounded--if the accounts ever came to be fairly taken--to find how small their work for England has been by the side of that of the Browns.
 #Doyle#: an English artist noted for his humorous and satirical designs.
 #Matriculating#: entering.
 #Yeomen#: small independent farmers. They have generally constituted the best part of the English army.
 #Cloth-yard shaft#: an arrow a yard in length.
 #Cressy and Agincourt#: English victories over the French in 1346 and 1415.
 #Bill#: a combined spear and battle-axe