By John Barrow
Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) was once a special British executive servant whose diplomatic occupation took him to China and Africa, and who in 40 years as Secretary to the Admiralty used to be chargeable for selling Arctic and Antarctic exploration, together with the voyages of Sir John Ross, Sir William Parry, Sir James Clark Ross and Sir John Franklin (the final of which famously led to disaster). Barrow's autobiography, written whilst he used to be eighty-three, depicts a existence outstanding for its diversity of expertise and job, from a small farm within the Furness peninsula to the court docket of the Emperor of China, and from an it seems that settled existence as a civil servant at Cape city to the centre of affairs at a time whilst the British Navy's succeed in and effect reached their optimum aspect. This interesting account could be of curiosity to somebody attracted to exploration and the historical past of the British army.
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She replied, that she was then very young, and was often put into characters neither suitable nor agreeable to her. SECTION III. A Voyage to the Greenland Whale Fishery. I WAS now released from all engagements, and had to consider very seriously what line of life I should be able to undertake, and as would most likely procure for me the means of an independent subsistence. I could no longer bear the idea of being burdensome to my parents ; besides, a life spent in idleness and inactivity would be, to me, a life of misery.
We concluded therefore that it was Sunday, which was confirmed by the pilot, whereas by our watches and the ship's log it was Saturday. It appears that Captain Sir E. Parry, on one occasion, got into this perplexity, and to prevent its happening on a future voyage, he had the dial plates of several watches marked SECT. ] GREENLAND SEA. 27 with twenty-four hours instead of twelve; the first at the top of the dial representing midnight, the twelfth at the bottom mid-day, by which such a mistake could not easily happen.
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An Auto-Biographical Memoir of Sir John Barrow, Bart., Late of the Admiralty: Including Reflections, Observations, and Reminiscences at Home and Abroad, from Early Life to Advanced Age by John Barrow