officer would either have written such a letter as should have transferred the credit to the party by whose exertions (Sir John Warren was not even in sight during the critical point of this enterprise) the service was executed, or would have allowed that party to render his own account of the transaction ; thereby enabling him, not merely to do justice to himself, but to recommend for promotion his deserving subordinates.
This latter consideration alone should induce an officer to try to conquer that modesty, that dread of being thought an egotist, which generally characterizes the man of true spirit. How many a lieutenant or commander, having missed a recommendation from his captain or superior officer, has never found a second opportunity of distinguishing himself. How many a one has remained ever afterwards in the back ground of the service, soured against a profession of which he might have been one of the brightest ornaments, and disposed, from a misconception of the cause of the neglect with which he is treated, to attach blame to a wrong quarter.
On the 25th of August, at 1 a.m., latitude 41° 39' north, and latitude 66° 24' west, the British 20-gun ship Raison, Captain John Poer Beresford, steering north-east by north, with a light breeze at south-east by east, discovered a large ship coming down under a press of sail. The stranger, not answering signals, betrayed herself to be an enemy, and was such a one, in point of apparent force, as the Raison did well to fly from with all the canvass she could spread. The chasing ship, which was no other than the Vengeance, the Mermaid's late opponent, now hoisted French colours, and commenced firing her bow-guns at the Raison. Having cut away her jolly-boat to make room for four stern-chasers, the Raison opened a fire from them, as soon as the Vengeance, whose shot were passing over her, got fairly within range. A thick fog intervening put an end, for the present, to all offensive operations.
In order to have the weathergage in case of a second meeting, the Raison, at about noon, hauled her wind to the eastward. At 7 p.m. she again saw, close on the larboard quarter, her powerful opponent ; who, hailing, ordered the British ship to strike. To this the latter replied by a broadside. A running fight now commenced, and lasted until nearly 9 p.m.; when, after receiving a well-directed broadside from the Raison, the Vengeance dropped to leeward, and, owing to the density of the fog, was almost immediately out of sight. The Raison, in this rencontre, suffered greatly in her rigging and sails, and lost three men killed and six wounded.
Of the identity of the frigate from which the Raison had so fortunately escaped, not a doubt can remain, as an American vessel, the Martha-Brand, Captain Henry Stratton, on her arrival at Plymouth on the 26th of September, reported that, on the 25th of August, in latitude 41°, longitude 63°, she fell in with the
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