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By Cyril Northcote Parkinson

A lieutenant's rank belying his undistinguished naval occupation, Richard Delancey reveals that his fluency in French lands him a mystery project, yet to his chagrin, it is going awry.

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You will land Major Moncrieff at La Gravelle, a cove halfway between Carteret and Pointe du Rozel. ” asked D’Auvergne. After a pause he went on: “Very well, then. The Daphne will sail by tonight’s tide and Mr A will complete his arrangements when he reaches Jersey. ” There followed a half hour spent on maps, charts and diagrams, with signals and passwords described. It ended with the arrival of the lieutenant-governor, Major-General John Small, and with him MajorGeneral the Lord Moira. They presented a sharp contrast; Small being an old soldier, straightforward, benevolent and much beloved; Moira, a young man, astute and supercilious, a born aristocrat and as much a politician as a soldier.

Delancey did not expect artillery fire, however, because the hamlet was Devil to Pay Parkinson2 PT2 TXT 34 5/24/07 12:51 PM Page 34 DEVIL TO PAY not on a proper road. . After a tense five minutes he gave orders to man the longboat. This was done quickly and silently with six seamen at the oars and two forward with the three-pounder. There were four marines, two of them forward. In the sternsheets were Delancey himself, Major Moncrieff, and—in charge of the boat—Mr Warren. With muffled oars the boat silently approached the jetty, passed along its landward side and found the steps just where they were shown to be on Mr A’s diagram.

But it’s our chance to make a name for ourselves. ” “There will be no battle for me provided that all goes well. ” “Now, about this rehearsal,” said Delancey, “I think we must do it three times at least, once in daylight and twice in the dark. . ” Delancey took the Royalist to sea with a caution which might not have impressed the experts watching from the breakwater. He cast off at the beginning of the ebb, passed the pier head under his jib alone, hoisted the mainsail a few minutes later and let fall the square topsail only when he was in the roads.

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