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MEMOIR

OF THE LATE

CAPTAIN PETER HEYWOOD,

, R. N.

WITH EXTRACTS FROM

HIS DIARIES AND CORRESPONDENCE.

BY

EDWARD TAGART.

Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he
That every man in arms should wish to be ?
—'Tis he whose law is reason; who depends
Upon that law as on the best of friends ;
Who, if he rise to station of command,
Rises by open means; and there will stand
On honourable terms,
And therefore does not stoop, nor lie in wait
For wealth or honours, or for worldly state ;-
-A soul whose master-bias leans
To homefelt pleasures and to gentle scenes.

WORDSWORTH.

LONDON :

PUBLISHED BY EFFINGHAM WILSON,

ROYAL EXCHANGE.

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PRE FACE.

The word · Memoir' is prefixed to this Volume only because the work appeared too long for a humbler title. Notices of Captain Heywood's life have already been laid before the public in Marshall's Naval Biography, in the United Service Journal for April 1831, and in the History of the Mutiny of the Bounty. Of these sources of information the author of this volume has freely availed himself ; he trusts not in a manner for which this general acknowledgment will not be considered satisfactory. Having been favoured with the perusal of the family volume containing the transactions and correspondence which took place at the time of the trial, he had formed the design of drawing up a sketch of Captain Heywood's character and eventful history before the two last-mentioned writings appeared. That correspondence is of itself quite worthy of appearing in a detached form. Had there been no important additions to make to what was already before the public, two inducements to attempt this presented themselves to his mind;-one, to afford to maný of his own friends a portion of the pleasure which he had himself experienced in his acquaint

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