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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...for each expedition either
in person or at his own expense; and how subordinate, in every
arrangement, were all motives and purposes to attachment to his
country and the success of her arms. In accordance with this
disinterested enthusiasm, throughout the war, Colonel Talbot was
equally ready to take the field or hazard the dangers of a naval
conflict. On land or water he commanded with the same efficient
authority, planned with the same valorous daring, and fought with
the same intrepidity. A letter addressed him, about this period, by
Lafayette, is an interesting testimony to the justice of this view
of his character: Bristol, Sept. 8, 1778. Sir, --The reputation you
have already acquired by your zeal and skill in the artificial way,
leads me to communicate to you a plan whereby I think some success
would be obtained. Heavy and strong scows, upon each of which a
twenty-four pounder might be fixed, and then sent on a calm night
to attack an English frigate that lies at the north end of the
island; such a direction could be taken as to avoid a broadside
from her before many well-aimed shots had annoyed her exceedingly.
At the same time, while she was busy on the defensive, four or five
boats filled with bombs and combustibles could be sent to the other
side to ignite her. If you believe, sir, such a scheme would
succeed, I shall be obliged to you if you will come immediately
from Providence with such artificial provisions as will enable us
to try the experiment without loss of time. You might also bring
down three, four, or more, large scows or ferry-boats adapted to
carrying guns. The affair must be be kept very secret. With the
greatest and most sincere esteem, I have the honor to be, dear sir,
Your most obedient servant, The Marciuis De..
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