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REAR-ADMIRAL SIR JAHLEEL BRENTON, Bt. K.C.B.

LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR OF GREENWICH HOSPITAL

“ Happy the man who sees a God employed

In all the good and ill that checker life,
Resolving all events, with their effects
And manifold results, into the will
And arbitration wise of the Supreme."

CowPER.

LONDON:

JAMES NISBET AND CO. BERNERS STREET.

MDCCCXXXIX.

109.

“ All Commanders, Captains, or Officers, in or belonging to any of her Majesty's Ships or Vessels of War, shall cause the public worship of Almighty God, according to the Liturgy of the Church of England, established by law, to be solemnly, orderly, and reverently performed in their respective Ships, and shall take care that prayers and preaching, by the Chaplains in holy Orders of the respective Ships, be performed diligently; and that the Lord'sday be observed according to law."

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PREFACE.

It is with much hesitation and considerable reluctance that the writer of the following pages ventures to lay them before the public. He has only been induced to make the effort from the hope that, unworthy as the work itself may be, it may yet, by the blessing of God, be instrumental in guarding some individual from the snares and dangers with which a sea life is so peculiarly beset; or be found useful to a parent, who, intending his son for the naval profession, may be led by the perusal of these observations, so to lay the foundation of his child's hopes and prospects, that when exposed to

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