The Autobiography of a Seaman: v. 1 (Biography & Memoirs)

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9780094750807: The Autobiography of a Seaman: v. 1 (Biography & Memoirs)

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1860. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LORD CAMPBELLS OPINION RESPECTING IT. 321 the Radical line, he was returned to Parliament for the city of Westminster. He was a determined opponent of Lord Liverpool's Administration; and at popular meetings was in the habit of delivering harangues of rather a seditious aspect, which induced Lord Ellenborough to believe that he seriously meant to abet rebellion, and that he was a dangerous character. But the gallant officer was really a loyal subject, as well as enthusiastically zealous for the glory of his country. He had an uncle, named Cochrane, a merchant *, and a very unprincipled man, who, towards the end of the war, in concert with De Berenger, a foreigner, wickedly devised a scheme by which they were to make an immense fortune by a speculation on the Stock Exchange." "For this purpose they were to cause a sudden rise in the funds, by spreading false intelligence that a preliminary treaty of peace had actually been signed between England and France. Everything succeeded to their wishes; the intelligence was believed, the funds rose, and they sold on time bargains many hundred thousand pounds of 3 per cents, before the truth was discovered." "It so happened that Lord Cochrane was then in London, was living in his uncle's house f, and was much in his company, but there is now good reason to believe that be was not at all implicated in the nefarious scheme. However, when the fraud was detected, --partly from a belief in his complicity, and partly from political spite, -- he was included in the indictment preferred for the conspiracy to defraud the Stock Exchange." "The trial coming on before Lord Ellenborough, the noble and learned Judge, being himself persuaded of the guilt of all the defendants, used his best endeavours that they should all be con...

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Napoleon called him le loup des mers ('the sea wolf'). One cannot visit a town in Chile (where he is seen as a hero) without crossing at least one street or town square that bears his name. He proposed the use of saturation bombing and chemical warfare over half a century before their use. As one of England's most famous naval heroes, Admiral Lord Cochrane's exploits inspired the likes of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester. Now with a new introduction, The Autobiography of a Seaman chronicles the exciting life of Britain's most controversial admiral of the Napoleonic era. Known as a dashing, brilliant young sailor for his exploits against the Spanish, Cochrane was also a fearless campaigner against incompetence and corruption in the navy and in politics. Charged with a daring assault on the French in the famous Battle of the Aix Roads, he publicly accused his superiors of timidity when the action was called off at the last minute. He was elected to the House of Commons, where he fought vigilantly for the pensions of war veterans, only to make enemies with some of the most powerful families in Britain, including future prime minister of England Lord Palmerston. Later, he commanded the Chilean Navy in their fight for independence against Spain, helped develop naval warfare under steam, and devoted himself to developing a weapon of mass destruction (poison gas), which was so shocking to his contemporaries that his plans were shelved as classified until World War I. (5 3/4 X 9, 388 pages, illustrations)

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Cochrane, Thomas,Earl of Dundonald
Published by Constable (1995)
ISBN 10: 0094750807 ISBN 13: 9780094750807
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