Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Captain Hellyer” in chapter 1 of Matthew Arnold, Civilization in the United States: First and Last Impressions of America.:

...ne occasion, in talking about this to my staff officers, I said that I would give anything if I were commanding a brigade of cavalry in the Army of the Potomac, and I believed I could do some good. Captain Hellyer suggested that I should make application to be transferred there to command the cavalry. I then told him that I would cut my right arm off first, and mentioned this superstition. But now he wa...

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