This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... ENDURANCE AND DASH. THREE FAMOUS SOLDIERS, NAPIER, OUTRAM, AND HAVELOCK. H ENDURANCE AND DASH. THREE FAMOUS SOLDIERS, NAPIER, OUTRAM, AND HAVELOCK. LIEUT.-GEN. SIR CHARLES JAMES NAPIER, G.C.B. Fare thee well, great heart! Ill-weaved ambition, how much art thou shrunk!
When that this body did contain a spirit, A kingdom for it was too small a bound- But now two paces of the vilest earth Is room enough: --This earth, that bears the dead, Bears not alive so stout a gentleman. Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven! Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave, But not remembered in thy epitaph.
King Henry IV., Pt. I. Sc. iv. As long as England takes a share in the history of the world, and as long as Englishmen and English boys love daring deeds, or burn to take part in them, so long will the name of Napier be held in reverence as that of almost an entire family devoted to war, revelling in danger, and equally skilful with the sword to do doughty deeds as with the pen to tell their story when accomplished.
Descended from Napier of Merchistoun, the inventor of logarithms, and from Montrose on the one side- and from Henry IV. of France on the other, the subject of our memoir was born at Whitehall on August 10, 1782, his father being the Hon. George Napier, while his mother was Lady Sarah Lennox, daughter of the second Duke of Richmond, who was a grandson of Charles II. of England. Of several brothers three of them--Charles, William, and George--were all distinguished for their bravery, and bore during the Peninsular War the name of Wellingtons Colonels. When a child Charles was a quiet, thoughtful little fellow, but still there were glimpses of future greatness to be seen by a careful eye, and some of the anecdotes told of him are full...