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Frank Mildmay, or the Naval Officer

Frederick Marryat


"In our boat, the first alongside, eleven men, out of twenty-four, lay killed or disabled. Disregarding these, the lieutenant sprang up. I followed close to him; he leaped from the bulwark in upon her deck, and, before I could lift my cutlass in his defence, fell back upon me, knocked me down in his fall, and expired in a moment. He had thirteen musket-balls in his chest and stomach."

Published in 1829

Marryat's autobiographical first book chronicles a young man's transformation into an officer.

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