expect (vb.)
England expects every Man will do his Duty
Horatio, Lord Nelson (1758-1805), Battle of Trafalgar
Captain’s cabin, HMS Victory. © Nilfanion, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0.
quiet (adj.)
It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,
The holy time is quiet as a nun,
Breathless with adoration.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850), ‘It is a Beauteous Evening’
Wasdale from Wastwater. © GkgAlf, Wikimedia Commons.
invention (n.)
The locomotive is not the invention of one man, but of a nation of mechanical engineers.
Robert Stephenson (1803-1859)
Caprotti valvegear, BR Standard 5MT No. 73129. © Phil Sangwell, Wikimedia Commons.
all (det.)
In all forms of Government the people is the true legislator.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), ‘Tracts on the Popery Laws’
Palace of Westminster from the air. © Miguel Mendez, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 2.0.
famous (adj.)
Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
Ecclesiasticus 44:1
Thomas Clarkson, Anti-Slavery Convention (1840). By Benjamin Haydon (1786-1845), via Wikimedia Commons.
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Tuesday 17th January
January 4th ‘English style’
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Very short stories from history, myth and fiction
with traditional exercises in grammar and composition.
1
Captain Moorsom’s ‘Revenge’
Music: Muzio Clementi
The Whitby man held his nerve to keep five enemy ships busy at Trafalgar, and subsequently led Nelson’s funeral procession.

AS soon as battle was joined at Trafalgar, Robert Moorsom, captain of HMS Revenge, alarmed his crew by sailing directly towards five enemy ships.

He had few forward-firing cannon, and the broadsides of the enemy tore through Revenge’s rigging and across her deck without reply, while Moorsom strolled among the flying splinters ‘as though walking to church’.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Till. Until.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Ship. Alarm. Join.

Use together in one sentence: Across. As soon as. Join.

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The Grand Embassy
Music: Henry Purcell
A young Peter the Great of Russia toured Europe seeking help for his diplomatic, military and architectural plans.

IN January 1698, John Evelyn lent his house at Sayes Court to the Government for the impending ‘Grand Embassy’ of Tsar Peter of Russia, then a young man of twenty-six. Peter’s plan was to forge a European alliance against Turkey, and acquire vital ship-building technology for Russia’s navy.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Raise. Rise. Arise.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Watch. Attempt. Design.

Use together in one sentence: Session. Happy. Embassy.

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Douglass in Britain
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Frederick Douglass, the American runaway slave turned Abolitionist, spent some of his happiest days in Britain.

THE publication of his memoirs caused a storm that in 1845 led Frederick Douglass (as he put it) ‘to seek a refuge in monarchical England, from the dangers of Republican slavery’. The chief concern was that his old master, Captain Auld, might reclaim his ‘property’, for Frederick was technically a runaway slave still.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Invade. Enter.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Smile. Skin. Table.

Use together in one sentence: When. Or. Slave.

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Dr Wollaston
Music: Johann Baptist Cramer
William Hyde Wollaston discovered new elements and helped Faraday to greatness, all from the top of a tea-tray.

AFTER graduating in medicine from Gonville and Caius in 1793, and practising as a rural doctor in Cambridgeshire for a few years, William Wollaston came into family money and settled in London, free to indulge his passion for chemistry.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Anticipate. Expect. Foretell.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Gas. Show. Produce.

Use together in one sentence: Freeze. Come into. Water.

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The School of Difficulty
Music: Johann Baptist Cramer
It is not educational institutions and methods that advance science or the arts, but people.

MEN who are resolved to find a way for themselves, will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not lie ready to their hand, they will make them.

It is not those who have enjoyed the advantages of colleges, museums, and public galleries, that have accomplished the most for science and art; nor have the greatest mechanics and inventors been trained in mechanics’ institutes.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Find. Make. Train.

Use together in one sentence: Do. Way. All.

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Douglass’s Debt
Music: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
British statesmen were among those who inspired the career of one of America’s greatest men, Frederick Douglass.

I MET there one of Sheridan’s mighty speeches, on the subject of Catholic Emancipation, Lord Chatham’s speech on the American War, and speeches by the great William Pitt, and by Fox.

These were all choice documents to me, and I read them over and over again, with an interest ever increasing, because it was ever gaining in intelligence; for the more I read them the better I understood them.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Meet. Meat. Mete.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Man. Search. Fine.

Use together in one sentence: Penetrate. Tongue. There.

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