This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...ordered off, and taken back on shore. She hired a third boat, and this time, as she approached, she saw the fatal procession of her husband, with his hands bound, from the quarter-deck to the forecastle. "My dear husband!" she exclaimed with a loud shriek, as she fainted away; recovering again, she beheld him mount the platform on the cathead and the dark-robed chaplain leave his side; but from that moment a pall fell upon her sight, and she " saw nothing but the sea, which appeared covered with blood." An hour had passed away before she reached the ship in a fourth boat, in time to see her husband's lifeless body lowered from the yard-arm. It was immediately placed in a shell already prepared for its reception, and exactly at midday it was interred in the Naval Burying Ground at Sheerness, amid the deep silence of a large company of the comrades of the unhappy man. It was in vain that the sailor's widow made an earnest and immediate appeal to one of the vice-admirals for the disposal of her husband's body; and she formed a resolution for securing it, by means that have perhaps no parallel even in the wildest of romances. When darkness had stolen down upon the quiet waters of the Thames, and silence reigned over the harbour of Sheerness, this faithful wife, accompanied by three other women, clambered over the high gateway of the graveyard, and by their aid dug up with her hands the rude coffin in which her husband's dishonoured body was enclosed. But how, after this first portion of the strange undertaking had been accomplished, was the dismal freight to be carried off unseen? Whatever means were adopted,--and one story of the time gives an account, which, though perhaps true, reads like a ghastly fable,--certain it is that...
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