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THE BARGE'S CREW.
* Then stretch out and pull away, jolly boys, cotch'd him, and give him two dozen To the mercy of fortune we go ;
for running away; how the giants at We're in for it now,—'lis a folly, boys,
Paddygonia were fifteen feet high, and To be dowo-bearted, yo, bo !"
carried their head under their armis ; ET me see-let me see - who was how the New Zealanders were sava
the last man ? Oh, aye, Jack ges, and eat human flesh, and he called Junk, Billy C—, and the grey mare; them Anthonypopinjays, I think, or and that reminds me too that the grey some such name; how kind all the lamare is often the better horse ;-ax dies were at the Sandwich Isles; and Sir else which on 'em carries last, how poor Cook was killed. Jem the Admiral's flag ? But I sharn't had a kindly heart, and after weatherspin my yarn to-day, though I've got ing many a gale and fighting many a Junk to work upon, if I don't turn the battle, he was wrecked in the St. winch better. Jack Junk was a man- George 98, upon the coast of Jutland; of-war’s-man every inch of him. He but his life was saved." That was a was brought to bedno, no, I mean dreadful night indeed, said Jem ;) born in an arm-chest, cradled in a fri- our ship lay struggling upon her beamgate, rocked by the billows, and nurs- ends, groaning and writhing like a ed by the Captain of the forecastle. giant in the agonies of death, and the He soon came to be a plaything for darkness which surrounded us was the all hands, quaffed his grog and chew- darkness of the grave. Oh with what ed his pigtail like an angel. As soon anguish we heard the shrieks of our as he could speak, the Boatswain's messmates as they buffeted with the Mate tutored him in the vulgar tongue, waves, and saw their dark forms for a taught him to wind his whistle, and moment while struggling on the white whistle to the wind. At six years of foam of the billows; and then the sea age, he had larned to read from the closed over them, and they sank to lids of bacca-boxes; and then he serve rise no more! The jury-masts were ed as a powder-monkey under Hawke, gone, and every hope had vanished. and took to squinting because he Hundreds had been washed away by would watch two guns at the same the breakers that beat over us, and the time, but he supplied his own the ship could not be expected to hold tobest. His head-sheets were flattened gether much longer. "It was determinin by a spent wad. Well, he wented to get the Admiral upon deck, for through the usual gradations, from he had retired as every exertion was Boatswain's boy to Quarter-master, unavailing. I and another descended and always did his duty like a Briton. through ihe sky-light into the cabin ; Jack’s in Greenwich now, (for he lost the lamp was still burning, and threw his arm in Duckworth's action in the its dim rays so as just to lighten up the West Ingees,) and we often cuff gloomy scene.
The Admiral sat in away an hour talking about the Barge his chair, which was lashed to the and old times. Alongside of him, deck, his arms folded on the table, and upon the same thwart, was Jem Head- his head resting on them. He raised fast, a steady old boy, who had been himself as we approached; but never round the other side of the world, and shall I forget the countenance
. He outside of the world, along with Cook. was a father – he was a husband, and Many a mid-watch he's kept our ports his heart fainted within him. Only open listening to his tales about their those who have been in danger like discoveries off Cape Flyaway, and ours can tell the nature of the feelings drinking grog with the man in the at such a moment, when every blast is moon; how he carried the princess the seaman's knell
, and every wave : Lotochechowquanquischechimo, sister summons to eternity. He did not to King Longtomjackjemjerryjoe, at fear to die, but he thought of the an
. one of the Society Isles ; how he con- guish of those whom he should never varted them all, and was going to be see again. I yet see before my eyes made head chief, when the Captain the sickly paleness of his face and the
agitation of his look. We slung him, sycophant in the play; but, finding with a couple of ropes under the arms, all his requests were disregarded, he and he was hoisted upon deck. The came forward, and was descending the officers who remained assisted to se- forescuttle, when we demanded what cure him to the stump of the mizen- the lad wanted, and whether he mast. A lantern was brought, and couldn't find any body upon deck ? the few survivors who were near, Eh, (says Jock,) I saw the auld genclinging to whatever they could hold tleman of a mate ast there-a deadly by, crowded round, and joined in the sulky-looking sort of a body too, but he prayers which were read by one of would
_66 Hush! the officers. Oh! what a moment (says the Boatswain,) he'll hear you. was that, when every heart poured That isn't the Mate, but a passenger forth its petition in fervency of spirit, we brought home from the island of while death was waiting to receive his Jamaica. He's a very rich sugarprey. Before the officer had closed baker, but dreadfully cross and spiteful the book, and while the Amen yet -we're all afraid of him.”
Eh, be trenubled on their lips, a wild shriek good unto us! (returned the simple was heard from forward. The wave lad ;) are all the sugar-bakers like came like a huge mountain, curling its unto him ? They must be a main commonstrous head, sparkling with foam, ical set !" He was directed to go which rendered it more horrible in the down the half-deck and take a little blackness of the night—it struck the out of a cask; but he wouldn't attempt ship, rending her fore and aft, and en- it till one of his companions descended gulphed us in its dark abyss. There with him. “Eh, Jammie, (says the was a loud yell—it grew fainter--and first,) did you nae see the ootlandish all was hushed but the howling of the passenger body sitting aft on the quargale and the roaring of the billows. ter-deck?"_" Na, Jock, (replied the Myself and eleven others alone were other,) wha was it?"_“I dinna ken, saved.” Poor Jem, however, was re- but they tellit me he was a sugar-baserved for another fate ; for, at the ker from Jemakee ; but such an ugly close of the war, he became an out- cat-faced looking—Eh, Sir ! (taking pensioner ; but, still desirous of brav- off his hat on observing the monkey ing the ocean, he shipped in a West grinning at 'em down the hatchway as Ingee-man, and made two or three if listening)-Eh, Sir, 'twas nae you voyages; but the last trip they were we were talking aboot, but anither gentaken by the Pirates, and all hands tleman, a sugar-baker in Soonderland. murdered. Jem used to come and Eh, Sir, we would nae offend your visit us old hulks at Greenwich; and countenance for the warld !” Howone day he told us a rum-story of a ever, no persuasions could induce North-country lad, apprenticed to a them to come on deck till they were Newcastle-man. “D'ye see, (says convinced that the gentleman passenJem,) we were laying just below the ger had forgiven them, and gone quiDock-gates at Blackwall, waiting etly to his cabin. for water in, when a Collier brig Upon the next thwart was Joe Henbrought up, and swung alongside dersen, him as is Boatswain of the of us; and having nothing much yacht building at Woolwich.
Joe was to do, we went below to dinner. a hair-brained, careless fellow, but Well, aboard comes one of their ap- open and free-hearted; ready for any prentices to beg a little sugar. 'î aking thing, so that it did but promise misoff his hat, he preferred his petition to chief. He was in the Triumph at the a huge baboon of the Captain's dress. Mutiny, and was bow-man of the barge. ed in a blue jacket and trowsers, with' Well, when Sir E left the ship, a great furry cap, that was seated on the boat landed at Sallyport, and Joe a cask upon the quarter-deck. Jacko runs out the gang-board, while he oblook no notice of him, except to grin served a rough-looking Captain waita bit, while the poor fellow kept boo- ing on the beach, who hailed their old ing and booing, like Sir Pertinax Mac- skipper with, “Good morning, Sir
gies. When, un'il now, did the historian of
Erasmus, good morning.”—“ Good comical ; and as soon as the Boat-
LETTER FROM WILLIAM COBBETT
Kensington, 22d July, 1824. bear of you or your work; never once TOU have sent me a copy of the above heard either named, until Capt. Phillimore, your "compliments.' In page 359 of the introduced you and your book to the public. work, you quote the following words from Another preliminary remark. The mothe New Annual Register for 1814. "It ment I heard of the beating, I said, that I would seem, too, that, when we were victo. strongly suspected that you deserved it; rious over the Americans by sea, we were not for exposing the faults of the naral offigenerally indebted for our success, to a cers ; but for your endeavours to hide thace greater superiority than even they had faults and to gloss over the shocking diswhen they were successful.' This was per. graces which we incurred during the war fectly true; and even sar within the truth; with America. Never, as I shall clearly for, in many cases, they were victorious show, was suspicion better founded ! Nothwith an inferior force, both in men and ing can have a more mischievous teodency: guns. Yet, having quoted this remark from It is to do all that you can to prevent such the Annual Register, you ask : Could an a change in the Navy as shall enable us to American Editor, or Mr. Cobbelt, have ut- face the foe another time. It is basely sa: tered a more unblushing falsehood than is crificing the interests of the country to contained in this effusion of spleen? And your own interest, gratified by the sale of that, too, from so respectable a work as the your book to those whom you dattered and Annual Register ?
apologized for. Never did man better de After this, no respectable man will ex serve a beating from some hand or other ; pect me to treat you with any sort of cere but, really, it was ungrateful in Blue and mony. I am about to remark on the book Buff to lay on the stick! The devil will, I that you have sent me, and in which I find should suppose, pretty nearly get you for the above passage ; and I shall unquestion the lies that you have told to screen Blue ably ascribe its infinite mass of lies to in. and Buff; and, for them to beat you! Oh! tention, to what it is evidently meant to ob- it is too much! I would, if I were in your tain you, namely, the favour of Blue and place, put forward, to the Court of King Buff, and the sale of your poor, shuffling, Bench, the great merit, public spirit, and badly written book, before you attempted patriotism shown by my lying at such an to make which, you ought to have hesought uncommon rate. Here,' I would say, some one to teach you how to put words see, my Lord, and Gentlemen of the Jury, into sentences.
how I have lied for the honour of our be. Before I proceed to remark on the con. loved country! And then, turning round tents of your book, I will observe, that I my naked shoulders, I would exclaim, 'and, had given you no sort of provocation to behold my reward! speak of me as a notorious retailer of im I shall now make some remarks on your pudent falsehoods. You published your book, which, from its very mander of be book, it seems, in 1817. Not only then ginning, from its very tone at the outset
, had I never offended you; not only ha bids us expect a tissue of miserable apelonever even heard of you ; but, never di
English naval fights think it necessary to occasion of this treatment. Your humaniwrite a preliminary essay on the nature of ty breaks forth upon this occasion. You timber and shot, on weight of metal, on the rival Sir James in his tender feelings for effect of this or that sort of powder, and the poor British sailor. In short, the ex. the like? But, I am a little before my ceedingly well known humanity of all such story, and will return to it presently. persons, seems to have been very predomiWhen, until now, did the historian of Eng. nant upon this occasion. But here you lish daval fights think it necessary to set were less cunning than you generally have out with a sweeping declaration, that all been. You give us the injured British subthe accounts of the enemy were false ? ject's deposition. You were foolish for that. With boundless abuse of all belonging to
You should have confined yourself to a that enemy? These are very bad signs : round assertion without any particulars. and these signs we find in almost every Particulars are always injurious to bistori. page of your history. I have only to no ans like you. You begin the story of the tice your base attack on the American ill-treated British subject thus : “ Shortly Commander, Porter, in order to show how after the declaration of war, Captain Porshameless your conduct has been in this ter ill-used a British subject, for "refusing respect.
lo fight against his country." You should In your preface, you say, that you shall have stopped there ; for, though every one pot meddle with the causes of the war. who knows any thing of the Americans That was a very impartial resolution to be would have been sure that this is a most sure! The cause of the war was a very wicked lie ; yet as only a small part of the singular one, and was very necessary to be people of England do know the Americans mentioned. You would not say any thing in this respect, the lie might have passed either, as to the manner in which it was currently enough ; but you, like a very conducted by the two-parties. Why so foolish man, must refer to the New York shy upon these points? You can go out of paper for the truth of your assertion ; and your way often enough to abuse the Ameri must insert, forsooth, the deposition of the cans collectively and individually; and yet ill-used Englishman, who was, and who you will not say a word upon the cause of proves himself to have been, a most proflithe war, of the manner of conducting it! gately fraudulent scoundrel, who deserved Singular forbearance, in a man wbose eve a hundred thousand times the punishment ry page teems with abuse of the enemy ! that Captain Porter inflicted upon him.
With your leave, I will, however, say a However, here is the scoundrel's deposition, little upon both these points; and, if there as inserted by yourself. be any blood beneath that skin of yours ; if “ The deposition states, that John Ewing there be any pores in that skin through was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Engwhich for the blood to appear, pray, Mr.
land : that he resided within the United James, do prepare to treat us to a little States since 1800, and has never been natublush for once in your lifetime.
ralized ; that, on the 14th of October, The cause of the war, and the sole 1811, he entered on board the Essex, and cause of the war, was the impressment of joined her at Norfolk ; that Captain PorAmerican seamen on board of American ter, on the 25th of June, 1812, caused all ships by English men of war on the high hands to be piped on deck to take the oath
This was the sole cause of the war. of allegiance to the United States, and gave And was it not cause enough? Was there them to understand, that any man who did ever any thing more unjust, cruel, or tyran- not choose to do so should be discharged: nical, than to take Americans out of their that when deponent heard his name called, ships, put them on board of our ships of he told the Captain that, being a British war, take them for years away from their subject, he must refuse taking the oath ; on home, parents, and friends ; compel them which the Captain spoke to the petty offito expose their lives in fighting for us, and cers, and told them that they must pass fighting too against their own friends and sentence upon him; that they then put him allies? This was the real and sole cause into the petty launch which lay alongside of the war; and it ought to have been the frigate, and here poured a buckel of lar stated by a man who was about to give an over him, and then laid on a quantity of account of the manner in which these Ame- feathers, having first stripped him naked ricans fought to avenge their wrongs. from the waist; that they then rowed him Now, as connected with this matter, let ashore, stern foremosi, and landed him.
come to your abuse of Commodore That he wandered about, from street to Porter; and, in observing upon that abuse, street, in this condition, until Mr Ford I will show what a surprising hypocrite you took him ioto his shop, to save him from are. You tell us at page 85, that Sir the crowd then beginning to assemble ; James Lucas Yeo felt indignant, at read that he staid there until the police magising in the public papers of the ill treatment trate took him away, and put him in the city. of a “ British Sailor” by Captain, or Com- prison for protection, where he was cleansed modore Porter. You tell us that Sir James and clothed. None of the citizens molested expressed his contempt of Captain Porter or insulted him. He says he had a protecfor “this ill treatment of a British Sailor.” tion, which he bought of a man in Salem, You tell us that Sir James Lucas Yeo was of the same name and description with himvery likely to express his abhorrence of the self, for four shillings and six pence, which
he got renewed at the Custom-House,Norfolk! Jasbes. This deponent says, himself and the He says he gave, as an additional reason other three impressed with bim, did refuse to the Captain why he did not choose to to enter, and each of them were then shipfight against his country, that if he should be ped fire dozen lashes. Ou Wedaesday foltaken prisoner, he would certainly be hung. the same offer made to us to enter, which
lowing we were again brought up, and bad Here, then, this villain confesses that lie entered on board the American ship Essex, dozen lashes each. On Saturday after, the
we refused, and we were again whipped five and got the bounty, of course ; that he did like offer was made to us, and, on our refuthis as an American cilisen ; that he im. sal, we were agaio whipped three dozen posed upon the American Captain and offi- lashes each. On Monday following, still recers, by means of a certificate of birth, which fusing to enter, we were again whipped two he had bought al Salem, from an American dozen each. Oo Wednesday following we of the same name and descriplion with him. were again whipped one dozen each and self; and that he had even got the certifi. ordered to be taken below and put in irons cate renewed at Norfolk. He could not
till we did enter; and the Captain said, be get this done without a false oath ; but, till they did eoter. We were then pot in
would punish the damned Yaokee rascals when the scoundrel was called up to take irons, and laid in irons three months. Der the oath of allegiance to the United States, ing the time of our impressment the ship had he, with bis false certificate in his pocket, an action, and captured a French ship. Beput forward his character of British subject, fore this action, we were taken out of irons, in order to get discharged, and to cheat and asked to fight, but we refused ; and afthe United States out of the bounty! ter the action, we were again ironed, till the
And, Mr. James, humane Mr. James, ship arrived at London. Afterarriving there, this is the British subject, is it, on account
we first beard of the war with America, and of whose treatment, by Captain Porter, Sir that the Guerriere was taken. This depoJames Lucas Yeo felt so indignant ! 'Oh! nent took his shirt, Samuel Davis
and Wm. hypocrisy! these are the days of thy pow. and stars for the American colours, and hang
Young took their bandkerchiefs, made stripes er! But, come, Mr. Historian, Mr. Sio: it over a gun, and gave three cheers for the cerity; come, what was this ill-treatment ? victory. The next morning at six o'clock, -Was it Naying alive, or pretty nearly we were brought up and whipped two dozea faying alive, such as we shall see an inno. lashes each, for huzzaing for the Yankee cent and gallant American seaman experi. flag. Shortly after this we were all releasencing ? No; Captain Porter, or rather ed, by the assistance of the American Cophis petty officers, larred and feathered the sul and Captain Hall, who knew us. This atrocious, the fraudulent, the hypocritical, deponent further saith, that they bad all the perjured villain. They then rowed him protections, and showed them and claimed ashore, stern foremost,' and landed him.
io be Americans at the time they were inHe was, and Captain Porter knew very
JAMES TOMPKINS." pressed.
“ Sworn before me, this 17th day of April, well that he would be cleansed and clothed' 1813, at which time the said James Tompby the people of Norfolk ; and there the kios showed me his wrists, which, at his redetestable villain was left to claim his birth- quest, I examined, and there appeared to be right as an Englishman, to enjoy the marks and scars on both of the in, occasionfriendship of Sir James Lucas Yeo and to ed, as I soppose, from bis having been in have you for his historian and eulogist !
irons. WM.W.BOGARDUS,J ust. Peace." Now for a proof of your sincerity. You I call upon the reader to compare the know very well what had been the treat. treatment of these four innocent, gallaet, ment of American seamen impressed by and faithful men, with the treatment of the our ships of war; but, not one single word villain for whom you affect to have felt so would you say of that. I have recently re
much compassion. I beg of the reader to published the case of James Tompkins, af observe, that you say not one word of these Ulster county, New York; but I will here you keep a guarded silence upon this sub
instances of intolerable oppression; that republish it again. The reader will ob- ject; I beg of the reader to observe this, serve, that these things were the cause of and then loam sure he will not want aay the war, and of all the disgrace that arose thing to enable him to make a just estimate out of that war.
of your sincerity. I do not, and I never “ Duchess County, state of New-York--.ss : did, take upon me to VOUCH for the truth
“ James Tompkins, being sworn, saith, of these American affidavits. I say, as I that he is a native of Ulster county, oppo- always said, that there is not a man on earth site Poughkeepsie ; that he sailed out of who would more sincerely rejoice to see New-York in the month of April, 1812, in these affidavits contradicted in form, and the ship. Minerva, bound to Ireland; that, from authority. But, never have they been on the homeward-bound passage, in July thus contradicted; and they contained a after, this deponent, with three other Ame- statement of those allegations which, true or rican seamen, Samuel Davis, William false, produced that war of indelible dise Young, and John Brown, were impressed, grace to England, to disguise or disfigure the and taken on board of the British ship Ac- facts of which war, is the object of the work tion, David Smith, Captain. We were tak- of which you have sent me a copy; for en on Saturday evening ; on Monday morn which work you say that you have recelved ing we were brought to the gangway, and the applause of the Duke of Clarence, and informed we must enter on board ship, and for which you have my hearty contempt. Jive as other seamen, or we should live on I now return to notice the novelty of your oatmeal and water, and receive five dozen manner of beginning to write a bistory of