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    William Johnson Neale (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1840. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. Taint but bright Justice at her sacred spring, The stream diffuses poison and not health. Little time did the doctor of the frigate lose over his breakfast, on the morning of which we are writing. Hastily quitting the gunroom, he repaired to the cockpit, and sending his assistant to dress for the shore, despatched in his own person the various compounds that required to be dispensed for the sick of the frigate. This matter over, which, by the way, is never a very ceremonious one on board of a man-of-war, old Dolichus, who was rather _ inclined to obesity in his figure, waddled away to his cabin, to indite the note to his trusty friend on shore, having spared in this no degree of earnestness which could further the purpose in view. This being carefully sealed in a couple of antelopes, (as the hall porter of the Union Club expresses it,) to guard against accidents, the doctor repaired on the quarter-deck, snuff-box in hand. 'Well, doctor, what do you want V said the first lieutenant, as he took the sweet pinch offered to him, yet knowing, nevertheless, that the box was rarely or ever volunteered, unless the proprietor had some favour to ask in return. 'What do I want?' reiterated the surgeon: 'nothing very particular--only a little point on his Majesty's service. In making out the sick list this morning, and giving attendance thereto, as my friend Six-and-eightpence would say, I find we are completely out of a very necessary medicine, go I came to speak to you relative to sending Bathurst, my assistant, on shore lor some.' 'But how can that be 1 In ten minutes you will have to start for the guard-ship, where, as you know, your testimony is.important.' 'True, my dear, fellow: but then you see testimony, evidence, and the like, form one of those classes o...
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