49 follows 48 green 60 92 73 But on board the seventy-four ——//——
in which Billy now swung his
hammock, ^ very little in the conduct ^ manner of
the men and nothing obvious in the
demeanor of the officers would have
suggested to an ordinary observer
that the Great Mutiny was a recent

event. In their general bearing and
conduct the commissioned officers of a
war-ship naturally take their tone from
the commander, that is if he have that
ascendency of character that ought to
be his.
50 61 93 74 ^ The "Indomitable's" Commander Captain the Honorable Edward
Fairfax Vere, to give his full title
was a man ^ confirmed bachelor of forty or thereabouts,
a sailor of distinction even in a
time prolific of naval heroes. great ones renowned seamen. Though
allied to the highest higher nobility his
advancement had not been altogether
oweing to influences connected with
that circumstance. He had seen
much service, been in ^ many various
engagements, always acquitting
but mindful of the welfare of his men himself as an officer of sound
^ just to ^ mindful of the wellfare of his men, but never tolerating an infraction ^ of discipline ; ,
judgement and cool intrepidity
thoroughly versed in the science of his
profession, ^ and and intrepid to the verge of temerity
51 94 1 62 75 but ^ though never injudiciously daring. so. ^ For his gallantry
in the West Indian waters as
flag-lieutenant under Rodney in
that Admiral's crowning victory over
De Grasse, he was made a post-captain.

Ashore dressed as a in the garb
of a civilian scarce any^body anyone would
have taken him for a sailor, more
especially that his he never int garnished
his unprofessional talk with
nautical terms, and grave in his
bearing, evinced little appreciation of
mere humor. It was not out of
keeping with these traits that /
/ 52 63 94 2 76 / On a passage when nothing demanded
his paramount action, he was the most
undemonstrative of men. Any landsman
observing this gentleman not conspicuous
by his stature and wearing no
pronounced insignia, emerging from his
retreat cabin to the open deck, and noting
the silent deference of the officers
retiring to leeward, might have
taken him for the King's honored
53 64 95 1 77 guest, a civilian aboard the the King's-ship
some highly honorable discreet envoy
on his way to an important post.
But in fact this unobtrusivness of
demeanor ^ may have proceeded from a certain
unaffected modesty of manhood sometimes
accompanying a resolute nature, a
modesty evinced at all times not
calling for pronounced action, and
which shown in any rank of life
suggests a virtue aristocratic in kind.\
54 95 2 65 78
As with some others engaged in various
departments of the world's more
heroic activities, Captain Vere tho though
practical enough upon occasion would
at times betray a certain dreaminess
of mood. Standing alone on the
weather-side of the quarter deck,
and one hand holding by the rigging
he would absently gaze off at the
blank sea. At the presentation to him [Earlier version text from verso of patch on leaf 84, image 202]: Sometimes
he would stand on the weather-side
of the quarter-deck^ long gazing gazeing absently
off at the blank sea. At the
presentation to him then of some
minor matter interrupting the
current of his revery, he would
55 96 66 79 then of some minor matter interrupting
the current of his thoughts he would
show more or less irascibility; but all
but instantly he would control it.
Among naval In the navy
he was popularly known by the
appelation—Starry Vere. How such
a designation happened to fall [to] him ^
upon one who whatever his sterling qualities
was possessed of no brilliancy none could hardly
be said to have was without brilliancy
any brilliant ones

was in this wise: A favorite kinsman,
one Lord Denton, a free-hearted fellow, had been the first
to meet and congratulate him upon
his return to England from his West
Indian cruise; and but the day previous
turning over a copy of ^ Andrew Marvell's
poems had lighted, not for the first
time however, upon the lines entitled
Appleton House , the name of one of the seats of their
56 97 80 common ancestor, a hero in the German
wars of the seventeenth century, in which
poem occur the lines, 100 red follows
"This 'tis to have been from the first 67
In a domestic heaven nursed,
Under the discipline severe
Of Fairfax and the starry Vere"
And so, upon embracing his gallant
cousin fresh from Rodney's great gallant
victory wherein he had played so gallant
a part, ^ brimming over with full of just family pride in the sailor of their house, he exuberantly exclaimed,
"Give you ye joy, Ed; give ye joy, my
starry Vere!" This got currency,
and the novel prefix serving in familiar
parlance readily to distinguish ^ The Indomitable's captain him
from another Vere his senior, a distant relative an officer
of like rank in the navy, it remained permanently
attached to his ^ the surname. ——//——