Farragut, and our naval commanders

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byJoel Tyler Headley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...as prisoners. If it had been, I should have declined the task, because I should have deemed it dishonorable--that is, inconsistent with my notions of honor--to lend my yacht and crew, for the purpose of rescuing those brave men from drowning, only to hand them over to their enemies for imprisonment, ill treatment, and perhaps execution." Wtat a confession is this for a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron to make? Because Winslow made no stipulation that he should deliver up to him men who had surrendered and were prisoners of war, and hence just as much his, by the laws of nations and the laws of honor, as though they were on board his vessel, he therefore felt justified in running away with them! That is, if Wins-low saw a large amount of his own property floating about, and in danger of being lost, and should ask Mr. Lancaster to help him save it, the latter, after picking up a good boat-load, would run away with it, because the request to save it was not accompanied with a stipulation that he should return it to the lawful owner! One hardly knows which to admire most in this barefaced statement--its morals or its logic. Again he says: " I should have deemed it inconsistent with my notions of honor to lend my yacht and crew for the purpose of rescuing those brave men from drowning, &c." His sense of honor would have forced him to look stolidly on and see those men drown, rather than save them, if they were to be held as prisoners. This certainly is a most extraordinary exhibition of honor, and exists nowhere, we apprehend, except in the British Isles. One would think that a proper feeling of honor, not to say of humanity, would prompt a man to consult the men struggling for life, to know whether they preferred to go to the bottom, or be saved as...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...as prisoners. If it had been, I should have declined the task, because I should have deemed it dishonorable--that is, i...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:158 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.34 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021721164X

ISBN - 13:9780217211642

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