By P. Takakjian

At the profitable of entirety of the warfare of Independence, the yank army was once disbanded, and it used to be no longer until eventually the overdue 1790s general naval strength used to be reconstituted. Provoked through the necessity to safeguard American service provider transport from the belligerent eu countries and the piratical Barbary powers, Congress selected a programme of frigate construction, which incorporated the 32-gun frigate Essex. Designed by way of William Hackett, Essex was once a customary medium frigate of her time. operating from either US and British resources, the writer has reconstructed many formerly undetermined info of the send and in passing has rehabilitated the popularity of the fashion designer as one that was once liable for the best balanced of that generations frigates.

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I don't think you ought to have come to the theatre at such a time', said Alexander. ' asked Wilde laughing. ' 'Certainly ... ' 'Everyone wants me to go abroad. I have just been abroad. 2 And now I * The Life of Oscar Wilde (London: Methuen, 1946), p. 288. Editor's title. 278 OSCAR WILDE INTERVIEWS AND RECOLLECTIONS have come home again. One can't keep on going abroad, unless one is a missionary, or, what comes to the same thing, a commercial traveller. But make your mind easy, my dear Alec. I have consulted Mrs.

Wilde's was a wonderful personality, and the sad ending of his career just as he had turned his mind seriously to the stage was a calamity for my profession. I went to the Old Bailey to see the last day of this great genius's trial. 3 I went for one reason, and for one reason only. I knew that he was doomed, and I thought to myself, if by chance he should catch sight of me he would see at least one sympathetic and sorrowing friend. As an instance of his fortitude while serving his sentence, surely no better example can be given of his unbreakable spirit than the brilliant epigram he made to a warder, when standing handcuffed to two felons in the pouring rain on a suburban railway station.

See Clifford Allen, 'Homosexuality and Oscar Wilde: A Psychological Study', Homosexuality and Creative Genius, ed. Hendrik M. Ruitenbeek (New York: Astor-Honor, 1967) pp. 6o-83; Marc-Andre Raffalovich, 'L 'Affaire Oscar Wilde', Uranisme et Unisexualiti: Etude sur Dijfirentes Manifestations del' Instinct (Lyon: Storck, 1896) pp. 241-78; and Robert Andre, 'Oscar Wilde et Lucifer', Nouvelle Revue Fran~aise, XIV Uune 1966) 1072-7. 2. By Arthur Pinero. 3· The last day of Wilde's trials at the Old Bailey was 25 May 1895· The jury having found him guilty, Mr Justice Wills sentenced him to two years' hard labour in prison.

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