Huge fragments of wreck still frequently emerge from the watery gulf whose billows chafe the rocky sides of Trafalgar.
They are relics of the enormous ships which were burnt and sunk on that terrible day, when the heroic champion of Britain concluded his work, and died. I never heard but one individual venture to say a word in disparagement of NELSON’s glory; it was a pert American, who observed that the British Admiral was much overrated.
“Can that individual be overrated,” replied a stranger, “whose every thought was bent on his country’s honour; who scarcely ever fought without leaving a piece of his body in the fray; and who, not to speak of minor triumphs, was victorious in two such actions as Aboukir and Trafalgar?”
- Borrow’s Bible in Spain.