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soon as you can tell them every thing-tell my mother -- but here his voice failed him, and for a while he was silent. After an interval he again asked if the enemy were defeated, and being reassured of the fact, added—It is a great satisfaction to me to have beaten the French. You know I have always wished to die this way. Is Colonel Graham, and are all my aid-de-camps well ? I have made my will, and remembered my servants.' He then thanked the doctors for their attention-asked once more for his aid-de-camps, and expired without a struggle. At an early hour on the following morning a grave, only three feet deep, was hastily prepared for his remains in the bastion of Corunna, and there, while the enemy were still firing upon the little party who performed the obsequies, was his corpse deposited without a coffin ! The scene was well fitted for the burial of a hero.
One of the best proofs which can be given of the merit of this great man, is to be found in the record of that deep sorrow by which his country marked its sense of his death, even without a dissentient voice, and the universally concurring approbation of all the officers who knew him. His military knowledge was clear, profound, and extensive; though his vigilance was unremitting, and his discipline exact, he was beloved by the army; and executed all the duties of his elevated command in a style which has by common consent ranked him among the first of his profession. Wounded early in the action at Aboukir, under Sir Ralph Abercrombie, he refused to leave the field, and continued to exbibit a force of exertion almost incredible to many when the severity of the wound was ascertained. In Holland he was also three times wounded before he could be led from the action. Many were the days which mainly depended upon Sir John Moore; in every quarter his example was the finest; in every country he exalted the character of his native land, and in death he was the twin-brother of General Wolfe !
HORATIO, LORD VISCOUNT NELSON, K. B.
BETWEEN the Dome and the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral stands a national-monument* to this most popular of British
* In the panel above is a monument by Bacon, to Captain Duff, who fell in the battle of Trafalgar, Qn the one side Britannia is represented bearing laurel for a sarcophagus, which is decorated with a medallion of the deceased, and on the other, a sailor appears in grief, with the British Flag. The inscription is cut as follows:
Erected at the Public Expense
To the Memory of
Captain George DUFF,
In the Battle of Trafalgar,
Of this officer the following facts have been recorded. He was the son of James Duff, Esq. of Banff, in Aberdeenshire, and was born in 1764. A domestic tutor superintended his education until he was nine years old, at which period he ran away from home, and entered on board a merchantship trading between the neighbouring ports. But the Captain no sooner discovered his rank, than he sent him back to his father, who deeming it perverseness to oppose a disposition thus strongly evinced, directed his attention to the study of nautical science for two years, and in 1777 procured him a midshipman's commission on board the Panther, which then lay before Gibraltar, under the command of a relation, Commodore Robert Duff. Before he passed his sixteenth year, he had been in thirteen engagements, and was rewarded with a Lieutenancy. From the Mediterranean, where he
Admirals. It is executed by Flaxman, R. A., and presents a good statue of his Lordship, in the costume of his rank, resting his left hand on a.cable anchor : the want of the right arm is concealed by a cloak thrown over the shoulder, which, as the guides assert, is intended to be a fur pelisse, the gift of the Grand Signior during the time of Nelson's service in the Mediterranean. The pedestal, a structure of noble dimensions, wrought with Sea Gods in alto relievo, is flanked on one side by a lion, couched, and on
was stationed in 1780, he went to the West Indies, under Lord Rodney; was present in all the engagements with the Count de Grasse, and was severely wounded before St. Lucie, by the falling of a mast, on board the Montague, In 1790 he was made a Captain, and appointed to the Martin sloop of war. Soon after this he married Sophia, the second daughter of Alexander Dixon, Esq. of Muiresk, and established his residence in Edinburgh. Being made a Post-captain in 1793, he was attached to the Mediterranean Fleet, but was soon removed to the West Indies, with the command of the Duke, of ninety guns. This ship being shivered by lightning in the subsequent attack on Martinique, he returned to England, but having the fortune to be again employed, he served at different intervals on the coast of Ireland, and in the North Seas, until a fleet mustered before Cadiz to encounter the naval strength of France and Spain united. In the great battle which ensued, the Mars was directed to lead the lee division, but was outrun at the onset by the superior sailing of the Royal Sovereign, which carried Lord Collingwood, and the Bellerophon. No sooner, however, did she come into action than a most desperate conflict took place. A French ship bore on her from either side; a first rate Spanish vessel was on her bow, and a fourth was within shot. Under these overwhelming odds, the larboard opponent, the Fougueux, soon showed signs of being disabled, but the smoke was so thick that it was impossible to determine her state precisely. Duff, therefore, gave orders to rake her, and stepped to the end of the quarter-deck to look over the sides, when a cannon-ball swept his head from his shoulders, and killed iwo sailors who stood behind him.
Captain Duff was a man of commanding appearance, but modest address : he was more than six feet high, strongly made, well proportioned, and agreeably featured. His crew were so warmly attached to him, that report said there was not a dry eye on board the ship when his death was announced. This attachment had been strongly proved on a former occasion, for during the period of the mutiny in 1797, the ringleaders confessed on their trial, at Portsmouth, that it was impossible to move Duff's crew, in consequence of the affection with which they regarded him. By his wife he had five children, of whom, however, only three, a boy and two girls, survived to join their mother in her affiction.