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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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the same debauchery, noise, and fighting,
continued; and, the grating being placed
over the hatchway, scarcely a breath of air
could be felt by those below. The follow-
ing morning the tender arrived at her
destination, and ran alongside the guard-
ship at Spithead (a safe anchorage for ships
of war, between the Isle of Wight and
Portsmouth Harbour). Delighted was the
poor boy to escape from the miserable place
in which he had spent a day and night;
and cool and refreshing was the breeze
that fanned his parched and fevered cheeks,
when, with the whole of his late compa-
nions, he ascended to the deck of the guard-
ship, where they were ranged for inspection;
and, one by one, summoned into the office
to give their several names and occupations.
At length Ned's turn came; and, having
given his name, the clerk, noticing the hag-
gard and distressed countenance of the lad,
demanded, 'And where have you done duty,
Ned?'
'W^hat, sir?' asked Ned, who did not
exactly comprehend the question; 'did you
ask me where I had done my duty?'
'Yes,' responded the clerk, in a tone of
banter, as he mimicked the lad's manner,
'that's what 1 asked you.'
'Well, then, I've done it at Camberwell,
in London,' answered Ned, alluding to his
former course of life; 'but I hope you are
not going to keep me here.'
'Oh no,' replied the clerk, with mock
respect, and trying to puzzle the lad, 'your
services are too valuable to be confined to
a guard-o (guard-ship): in fact, I shouldn't
be surprised if they made you an admiral
at once.'
'What!' uttered the astonished Ned, as
the vision of a cocked hat and sword rose
before him: 'Well, then, I'll do my duty
anywhere and everywhere.'
This reply was greeted with a roar of
laughter from the clerk and his assistants;
and poor Ned having declared that he had
never yet been to sea, was entered ac-
cordingly in the muster-books, and ordered
to go below. It was a hard trial for the
poor fellow; he knew nobody, and no one
either knew or cared for him; but still his
admiration was excited by all he beheld
and witnessed; and he found ample food
for contemplation.
The next day he was drafted, with se-
veral others, into a seventy-four, that sailed
in a few hours afterwards; and if his ad-
miration had been raised by a ship at
anchor, how greatly was it increased when,
with the canvass spread, the beautiful craft
glided rapidly down Channel, and every
evolution was performed with the precision
of clock-work.
The line-of-battle ship was new, and
destined for the Mediterranean, and in a
short time Ned was upon the open sea.
He had reconciled his mind to circumstances;
he was now a sailor, ai^d his readiness to
learn induced the captain to take notice of
him. He was placed on the quarter-deck,
as midshipman. His good conduct and
bravery, after having served the proper
time (six years), got him his commission
as lieutenant. He aftei^wards became a
post-captain, and is now one of my oldest
and most esteemed friends. Such may be
the reward of a strict attention to our duty,
in whatever coui^e of life Providence may
place us.
You see, my young friends, that if Ned
Stokes (I should now call him Captain
Stokes) had followed the sinful and per-
nicious propensity of drinking with his
former associates, he would have been an
idle and a careless man, would never have
obtained the notice of his captain, or any
of ^he officers, and, in all probability, never
have risen above the rank of a common
sailor.
Another case of impressment, which 1
well remember, occurred shortly after I had
commenced my career as a sailor. It hap-
pened on board a ship of war lying at Ply-
mouth, under sailing orders for a foreign
station, and waiting only for a full com-
plement of hands. It was also at a time
when men were so scarce that the jails were
resorted to, and some of the ablest felons
were selected to make up the crews.
The poor fellow, of whom I am about
to tell you, came on board of us, with a
draft of seamen, from the flag-ship, and a
number of these convicts..
He had been a sailor from his boyhood;
and, shortly before he joined us, had serv-
ed on board a merchant vessel as mate.
His mother had been in very indigent cir-
cumstances; in fact, her poor sailor boy was
almost her only support.
By strict attention to his duty, and care
of all he gained, the son had at length ren-
dered his mothers home comfortable, and
had just arrived in England from a voyage,
full of joyous anticipation, when he received
the melancholy intelUgence that his mother
was at the point of death. He hastened
home, and reached it only in time lo re-
ceive her farewell benediction. Thus was
the cup of joy dashed from his hps.
Before the earth had closed over the
remains of his parent, the press-gangs were
actively on the alert, and the poor fellow