Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan

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By A. T. Mahan

In getting ready this short cartoon of the main celebrated of our naval heroes, the writer has been aided by way of the very complete and beneficial biography released in 1878 through his son, Mr. Loyall Farragut, who has additionally kindly provided for this paintings many extra info of curiosity from the Admiral's journals and correspondence, and from different memoranda.

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Between that and sundown the three frigates, aided only by a small corvette which attacked under way, poured upon the castle 7,771 round shot and 177 shell, the mortar−vessels at the same time throwing in 302 bombs. At eight the fire ceased, and negotiations began. The following day, at noon, the castle was delivered into the hands of the French, who placed a garrison in it. ” But the loss among the defenders had been so great, and the re−enforcements at hand were so few, that further resistance was impracticable.

On the 5th of November I was invited to a ball at the Victoria Theatre, where, as on all similar occasions, I danced the first quadrille with the charming 'Manuelita,” the daughter of Rosas. The pleasant and familiar relations thus established enabled him to do many kind acts for the Unitarios, whose lives were in constant danger by political accusations, if not from actual offenses. Rosas himself was then in the full exercise of the dictatorial power with which he had been invested some years before, after refusing a re−election as governor of Buenos Ayres.

The letter concluded with a pregnant observation, which deserves to be quoted as thoroughly characteristic of the writer: “I have already said too much for a letter to any other person of your rank; but I flatter myself that I know your love of improvement, and that my intentions will be duly appreciated. If we who wander about the world do not 33 Admiral Farragut keep those at home informed of the daily improvements in other navies, how can we hope to improve, particularly when we see men impressed with the idea that because they once gained a victory, they can do it again?

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