—//— 1 43 46 49 At the time of Billy Budd's
arbitrary enlistment into the Indomitable
that ship was on her way to join the
Mediterranean fleet. Not many ^ No long time
days elapsed dxxxt before the junction was

effected. As one of that fleet the Indomitable
^ seventy-four participated in its movements, tho' at
times on account of her superior sailing
qualities, in the abscence of frigates,
despatched on separate duty as a scout
an d times or or on otherwise less temporary more prolonged service. . ^ But with all this the
story has little concerment, restricted
as it is, mainly to the inner life of
one particular ship and the career
of one an individual^ sailor man .
2 43 47 50 ^ It was the summer
of 1797. In the April of the that same
year had occurred the commotion
in the fleet lying among the men-of-war's men at
Spithead followed in May by a second
and yet more serious outbreak ^ in the fleet at the
Nore. The latter is know known , and
without exaggeration in the epithet,
as the Great Mutiny. It was indeed
44 46 51 a demonstration more menacing to
England than the contemporary manifestoes
and conquering and prosyliting armies
of the French Directory.
To the British Empire the Nore Mutiny
was what a strike in her the fire-brigade
would be to London threatened
with by general arson. In a time ^ crisis
when the country ^ kingdom might well have

anticipated the famous signal that some a few
^ years later published along the ^ naval naval winged line of
battle what it was that upon
occasion England expected of
Englishmen; \ ——— then it was that that was the time when that was the time
38 12 45 49 when at the mast-heads of the ^ first-rates three-deckers
and seventy-fours moored in her
own ^ waters roadstead, —a fleet, the right puissant ^ arm of a /
of / Power then all but the sole what was ^ xxxxxxtly at that period the the one
free conservative ^ one power of the Old World,
the blue-jackets, to be numbered by
thousands ran up with huzzahs huzzas
the British colors with the union and cross
wiped out ; ^ and the cross; by that cancellation ^ transmuting converting
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a the flag of organic founded ^ law and right ofreedom defined
into the enemy's red ^ meteor of universal revolution and meteor of regicidal crusade / rag of revolt.
and ^ indefinite clamor classesHS & immeasurable revolt. convulsion, universal ^ revolution. ^ as by live cinders blown across the Channel
from France in flames,
reasonable Reasonable
discontent growing out of practical
grievances in the fleet had been ignited
into irrational combustion ; . as by
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the flag of founded law and freedom defined,
into the enemy's red meteor

of unbridled
and unbounded revolt. Reasonable

discontent growing out of practical
grievances in the fleet had been ignited
39 13 46 50 53 into irrational combustion as by live
cinders blown across the Channel from
France in flames. in this that terrific at that momentous conjuncture ^ of the time in of Eur E

The event converted into
into irony ^ for a time those spirited strains of Dibdin—
as a song-writer at that ^ the European conjuncture
no mean auxiliary auxiliary to the English Government^ at that the European conjuncture
strains cebebrating celebrating , among other things, the
patriotic ^ devotion of the British tar, to the throne , :—
that is, to the state, to his country:—
" And as for my life, t'is the King's !"
Such an episode in the
Island's ^ grand grand naval story no wonder that
her ^ naval historians naturally ^ abridge; one of them G. P. R. ^ ^ (James) (James)
candidly acknowledging that fain
would he pass it over did not
"impartiality forbid fastidiousness."
40 14 13 2 47 51 54 And yet his mention of the is less a
narration than a reference, hardly
having to do hardly at all with
details. Nor are these ^ readily readily to be found in

the libraries. Like some other events ^ in every age befalling
states everywhere and including America ^ in every age the
Great Mutiny was of such character
that national pride along with views
of policy would fain shade it off into
the historical background. Such events
can not be ignored, but there is a
considerate way of historically treating them.
If a well-constituted individual refrains
from blazoning aught ^ amiss or calamitous in his
family history ; a nation in the like circumstance
may without reproach be equally discreet.
Do we publish
no medicines pass the lines
13 2 3 15 52 48 55 Though after parleyings
41 between Government and the ring-leaders,
and concessions by the former as to some
incontestable glaring abuses, the first outbrea
uprising —that at Spithead— —that at Spithead— with great difficulty was
put down, or pacified matters for the time pacified;
yet ^ at the Nore at the Nore the unforseen unfor^ e seen renewal of revolt
insurrection ^ and on a yet larger scale ,
42 16 1 49 53 56 and emphasized emphasisedHS in the conferences conferences that
ensued by demands deemed by the authorities
not only inadmissable inadmissible but ^ agressivly aggressivly insolent, evinced indicated
if the Red Flag did not sufficiently do so,
signify it
what was ^ the spirit animating the men.
Final suppression, however, there was; Insert ^
but only made possible perhaps by the steady unswerving loyalty of the marine corps
a voluntary resumption of loyalty among

influential sections of the crews. [pointer] Insert ^ [ To some
extent the Nore Mutiny may be
regarded as somewhat somewhat analagous to the
43 16 2 50 54 57 distempering irruption of contagious contageous fever
in a frame constitutionally sound . , and
which anon throws it off. At all events, of these thousands
of mutineers were some of the tars
who not so very long afterwards— the Aggamemnon?
whether ^ wholly prompted^ thereto by patriotism, or th pugnacious
instinct, or by both,—helped to win for
a coronet for Nelson at the Nile,
and, and then a the naval crown of crowns ^ for him for him at
Trafalgar. To the ^ mutineers insurrectionists of the
Nore , those ^ superb battles and especially Trafalgar were a plenary ^ and splendid
absolution , ; ^ and a grand one; and a grand one; since For for all that goes
to make up ^ scenic ^ naval display, and heroic magnificence
in arms, Traflagar stands alone unmatched in
human naval annals.
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those battles stand
especially Trafalgar stand unmatched in
human annals. And very probably Old Ocean
will never behold the like again. —//—