Admiral Blake

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byDavid Hannay

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 179 CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. In reporting the departure of the ' George,' Newbury,' and 'Colchester' from Plymouth with the Admiral's body, Captain Henry Hatsell observes, 'I suppose he will have a very honourable interment, befitting a person of his worth, who indeed, setting some human frailties aside (from which the best of men are not free) may be ranked with most that have gone before him in our age.' If the captain had only recorded some of these same human frailties, we might have forgiven him for his platitude. If he had, it would have been easier to know what sort of man Robert Blake was. A series of actions do not make a biography, however long and brilliant it may be. Mr. Carlyle gave up his intention of writing a life of Montrose, because it was impossible to discover what the Royalist hero ' was really like.' The instinct of the great interpreter of character undoubtedly led him right, and yet, in mere bulk, the materials for the life of Montrose are abundant. Bulk is, however, the least merit of historical evidence. Ten lines of one of Cromwell's letters, or of Nelson's, are worth volumes of State papers and official reports, as helps towards realising the nature of the man. Contemporaries are good witnesses when they have a share of Clarendon's faculty of character-drawing, or Boswell's power of making a man draw himself. When they have not--and it is unnecessary to point out how often that is the case--they are witnesses for very little, barely even for themselves. When no Clarendon or Boswell has been standing by, a man must paint himself, but the actors of conspicuous parts in history who could stamp their individuality on their every word and action, are nearly as rare as the great creative geniuses of literature. Blake was a far less prominen...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 179 CHAPTER XII. CONCLUSION. In reporting the departure of the ' George,' Newbury,' and 'Colchester' from Plymouth with the Admiral's...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217165516

ISBN - 13:9780217165518

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