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OF

LIFE AT SEA,

OR THE

JERVIAN SYSTEM IN 183-

BEING A SERIES OF LETTERS

BY

AN OLD IRISH CAPTAIN OF THE HEAD

To his Nephew.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

A SET OF ORDERS WHICH ARE CALCULATED FOR BRINGING
H. M. S. INTO GREAT good order.'

"Man clothed in a little brief authority,

Would cut such capers as would mak um cat laff."

Nigger's Quotation of Shakspeare,

DUBLIN SAMUEL J. MACHEN,

28, WESTMORELAND STREET, AND 8, D'OLIER STREET.
LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, AND CO.

MDCCCXLIII.

Thomas I. White, Printer, 65, Fleet-street, Dublin.

ΤΟ

The Public in General,

AND

THE READING COMMUNITY AFLOAT IN PARTICULAR,

INCLUDING

ALL WOULD-BE-NAVAL-HEROES,

IN THE

HOPE OF THEIR NOT PROVING TO THEM TOTALLY

UNPRODUCTIVE OF INSTRUCTION AND AMUSEMENT,

THESE LETTERS ARE INSCRIBED,

WITH THE BEST WISHES OF

HIS NEPHEW.

ADVERTISEMENT.

AVAUNT! ye nautical critics-I care for none else, as this is not a learned work. Go your ways, I say, and any spare moments that ye have, devote them to the perusal of Swift's digression from his Tale of a Tub, in favour of your species. Let not your witty acumen prove prejudicial to the credit of these, the posthumous effusions from the able pen of a revered relative, who died a broken hearted British tar. A head man of his time was he, in the sphere in which he moved, and once had it in his power to render the gallant Nelson's fleet one man shorter of complement than it was on the ever memorable 21st of October; which is, I trust, sufficient recommendation to the descendants of those brave men, whose prowess on that eventful day shed such resplendent lustre on the British arms, by proving to the haughty Don and Gaul, Britannia's resistless superiority on the briny element.

A work combining instruction with amusement generally, and exemplifying to the thinking man the principle of a system identical with that of Popery, inasmuch as it is based upon the ignorance of those who are influenced by it, and alike tolerated by the British constitution, whose vital principle is moral

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