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An incident of the last war.

--At the entertainment given at Philadelphia to the Western Boards of Trade, Commodore Stuart (Old Ironsides) was induced to narrate the following reminiscence:

Said the Commodore--

‘ Since you have forced me to relinquish my natural modesty, I will do this much — I will narrate the anecdote correctly, as just told you by my friend. The two ships were the Cyane and Levant sent to take the Constitution. They were both commanded by captains who had won distinction at Trafalgar and the Nile, Captains Falcon and Douglass. After the Constitution had taken both ships, and their captains were on board the Constitution, a coolness existed between them, in consequence of the capture. Each accused the other of bearing out of the action and leaving the brunt to his associate. This question they agreed to leave to me, and I settled it in a moment. "It was you, Captain Douglass," said I, to the senior officer, "who first bore out of action." They were satisfied, and shook hands together. While they were further discussing the matter, and deploring their defeat, said I, "gentlemen, did you expect to take the Constitution with those two ships? Why, you went on board of them this morning, and said they were in as good order as before the action. Now, if you like, I will send you back to them, give you your men and officers, and take you both over again. Take the Constitution with two ships? Why you couldn't do it with a dozen. This is the Constitution of the United States. You may sink it, and sink us with it, but you couldn't take it with all your King's fleet." So afraid were the British Admiralty of the Constitution, that they dare not trust a single frigate alone, but compelled the Levant to wait until the Cyane was ready to sail in company.

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