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THE FAMOUS SIGNAL.
LONDON, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1905. as usual in all great actions, and inventions
that are really grand, suggested the perfecCONTENTS.-No. 95.
tion of this thing. A forgotten fact will make NOTES :-Nelson's Signal, 321–Nelson Recollections-Nel. this now apparent. It is a case of private son's Royal Descent, 322. Richard II.' and · The
Spanish biography illustrating a momentous instant Tragedy. 323 "Tittlo"its Etymologista Belitung in history. It is intensely interesting, for,
IceDucking the and Constable, 325– Orown Street, Soho-Great Queen Street, 326.
as told in the plain simple letter subjoined, QUERIES :- Nelson's Uniform-Den: Brice, 328– - Obap
books and Broadsides – "Vaulting ambition" - W. kit carries us, as it were, on the round lift and
by Counties, 329—" Italy a geographical expression.”— is honourable to every soul concerned in it.
The letter appeared in The Standard, The Screaming Skull Icelandic Dictionary, 331 - First 13 October, 1883, and is as follows:
Anthem - Trudgen-stroke in Swimming — “Sjambok": its Pronunciation - "Veni, Creator Cheshire Words-Sir Francis Drake and Chigwell Row, 332–Countess of Huntingdon at Higbgate-Looping the
To the Editor of The Standard. Loop : Flying or Centrifugal Railway-Col. Pitt, 1711– Suppression of Duelling in England-An Early Latin of the 9th inst., relative to the late Admiral Pasco
SIR, -In reference to a statement in your issue English-Basque Dictionary, 333-Authors of Quotations Waated—Rev. John Durant -Mereday, Christian Name= having “acted as Signal Lieutenant
at Trafalgar," Horse-pew=Horse-block – Book of Loughscur'-Snaith will you allow me to say that, if the implication is Peculiar Court" Kniaz -Hysker or Hesker, 334 --The that it was he who had to do with the well-known Cloister and the Hearth'– Easter Woods-Touching for “Every man to do his duty" signal, the paragraph the King's Evil – "The fate of the Tracys." "Kabar is not quite correct? What actually happened befutoed” Concerts of Antient Music, 335-George III.'s
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the late George Lewis Browne, who was then serving Nelson's Homeland'--. What Nelson Said'- -Sky-High.'
on board the flagship. Booksellers' Catalogues.
My father has nore than once heard him relate the incident which then occurred
Lieutenant's suggestion, half hint, half request, Notes.
that "England" should be substituted, as that
word was in the signal code-book, and could be run NELSON'S SIGNAL.
up at once; whereas Nelson would require six THE grandest address to fighting, men
sets of flags, displayed one after the other; and
Nelson's prompt and hearty reply was, before a battle ever uttered is that of Nelson Browne ; that's better.” This officer was paid off, as
“Right, at Trafalgar. But the form of it is per- were so many others, in consequence of the war being petually blundered over. Now that the virtually ended, as far as paval operations were centenary is about to be celebrated with concerned, by the victory of Trafalgar; and it was
a barrister at the much ado, it is only fit that the true words whilst he was practising as
Western Circuit that he got his promotion as Comof the signal should be faithfully given-and mander. Long after he was given post rank. yet they scarcely ever are so. A man only a I have once or twice seen a curiously garbled few days ago wrote to the Daily Mail, saying version of this little bit of history, in which Nelson that those who communicated with him on is made to have carefully adapted his words on this the subject were always wrong; and he laid occasion to the requirements of writers of popular it down that the right form was, “ England
songs. I am, sir, your obedient servant,
J. WILLIAM THOMPSON. expects that every man will do his duty.
Cardiff, Oct. 11. Now as this is not the right form, I hope that
Here we have the real form authenticated, 'N. & Q. will point out what the words really were. It will be monstrous if the
England expects every man to do his duty. nation mars them on the celebration of If this were not exactly the true form, its Trafalgar Day-though I regret to say it strength would recommend it in preference; would be very British if it did so.
for “that" and "will" in the other form, in It is worthy of notice that the hero him- place of “to," takes half the pith out of the self was very near spoiling the signal out of sound of the thing: Now sailors are parau over-confident vanity. Chance
ticularly strong in the vernacular. A great A lucky chance, that oft decides the fate judge in style ought to know that of the two Of mighty monarchs
forms this would probably be the true one.
Great commanders, if they do not take to 1844. May I add another remembrance which also scribbling books, as our generals do now, has to do with the long French war? A number of speak usually, as Cæsar does in his Com French prisoners, both officers and privates, were
sent to Launceston during its progress; but though mentaries,'in a trenchant way, that makes you they all went home after the peace, one of them think of cutting the words out with a sword returned to the place, where he had made many froin a block of them in the dictionary. Now friends, and, having become attached to the marine phraseology would not come weakened Methodist body, he was appointed caretaker of from the mouth of a Nelson.
the Launceston Wesleyan Chapel. When I was & Cæsar, Scipio, Saxe, Czar Peter, Wellington, was greatly respected in the town, and who' died
I -who are all laconic, as if they hailed more from there just before the late Queen Victoria came to Sparta than from Athens. It shines through the Throne."" even the wit of Napier's Peccavi,"
.:" "I have
An extract from The Wesleyan Methodist Scinde." Napoleon's “ Behold the sun of Magazine for October, 1844, referring to these Austerlitz !" has it, only glistening, as is usual prisoners of war in general and the one I in his case, with the tinselled touches added myself knew in particular, was given at 8th S. of the ta wdry stage, where they call a man
X. 138. an actor who can, at highest, only mimic I might add, as specially touching my men who act.
recollections of a sailor who fought under I hope this may prevent the bastard blazon Nelson at the Nile, that on the evening after of this high-sea moralizing. C. A. WARD.
my letter had been published in The Times Walthamstow.
the London correspondent of The Manchester (A letter from Mr. G. Carslake Thompson, another Guardian telegraphed to his journal the folgrandson of Capt. Browne, with reference to Nelson's
lowing: signal, was reprinted at 9th S. vi. 45 from The Times of 26 June, 1900. See also the articles on the sub.
“A remarkable link with the past comes to my ject at gtb S. xi. 405; xii. 9, especially the extracts knowledge to-night. There lives in Stepney an from contemporary and other authorities at the aged Jewess, a Mrs. Hart, whose father fought on latter reference.
board Nelson's Vanguard in the battle of the Nile. With respect to Nelson's signal and also the pro. His name was Richard Barnett, and his daughter, nunciation of the name of the battle see CANON who is now ninety-five, says that he was forced into Hewitt's article, post, p. 329, and the references the navy by a pressgang, and afterwards bought ont appended.
by his father. Mrs. Hart possesses an interesting Is not the accuracy of the utterance attributed log book, which seems to have been kept by her to Napier puted ?)
father during the voyage of the Vanguard, estending from December 24, 1797, to January 31, 1810.
It consists of eleven faded and worm-eaten sheets NELSON RECOLLECTIONS.
of quarto size. There is a fairly detailed account Your readers may be interested in the sort of plan of the fight, and accompanied by a list
of the battle of the Nile, which is illustrated by a following, which, under the heading "The of the casualties. Richard Barnett, who was pra Nelson Centenary,' appeared in The Times of bably one of the first Jewish sailors in the English 15 September :
navy, was born in 1779. His private log-book must
have been a contravention of the regulations, but it “Mr. R. Robbins writes from Crouch Hill, N., certainly forms a most interesting document. He under date September 14:- I was much interested died on June 20, 1819. He was an uncle of Samuel in the letter which appeared in your issue of to-day Phillips, critic and essayist, whose bust is in the relating to Lord Nelson embarking at Portsmouth Crystal Palace." exactly 100 years ago for his last and most glorious voyage. But I have a personal recollection in
The Vanguard, I now find, was the great reference to the great admiral which goes back admiral's flagship in that famous battle, further even than Trafalgar; and as I was born in though Nelson just previously had thought 1817, my recollections are long indeed. I knew well of shifting, his flag to some other vessel for many years a townsman of mine at Launceston, in Cornwall, who fought as a sailor in the battle of because of her wretched condition ; but the the Nile in 1798 on board his Majesty's ship Swift- Swiftsure, on which my old friend was, did sure, which, I have been told, was Nelson's flag: good service in the fight.
R. ROBBINS. ship. John Burt was the name of this worthy, and he was born in or about 1767, the year of my own father's birth, and he had the bad fortune, uot long
NELSON'S ROYAL DESCENT. after the Nile, to be taken a prisoner of war by the French. When he was released he returned to At a time when the nation is celebrating Launceston, and set up in business for himself as a the centenary of the great admiral it may shoemaker, to which trade he had been apprenticed not be uninteresting to the readers of ‘N.&Q? before he went to sea ; and he was appointed by the to be reminded that Lord Nelson had royal Corporation to be one of the town sergeants or sergeants-at-mace. He was always popularly known blood in his veins, being seventeenth in direct by the nickname of "Swiftsure, in memory of the descent from King Edward I., as the followship in which he had fought, and he died in 1843 or ling table shows :