Thank God No One Accepted
The Former Of These Offers.
We were all then ordered to get
our things ready in haste, to go on shore, - the ship running
off shore all the time.
We were allowed four boats to go on
shore in, and when we had got what things we could take in them,
were ordered to get into the boats and pull for the shore, - the
nearest land being about fourteen miles off, - which we reached
in safety, and, shortly after, saw the ship in flames.
"So end all our bright prospects, blasted by a gang of miscreants,
who certainly can have no regard for humanity so long as they continue
to foster their so-called peculiar institution, which is now destroying
I love to think that our noble ship, with her long record of
good service and uniform success, attractive and beloved in her
life, should have passed, at her death, into the lofty regions of
international jurisprudence and debate, forming a part of the body
of the "Alabama Claims"; that, like a true ship, committed to her
element once for all at her launching, she perished at sea, and,
without an extreme use of language, we may say, a victim in the
cause of her country.
R. H. D., Jr.
BOSTON, May 6, 1869.
End of Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana
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