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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Horatio, Viscount Nelson. (1758–1805)
 
 
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    In the battle off Cape St. Vincent, Nelson gave orders for boarding the “San Josef,” exclaiming “Westminster Abbey, or victory!”
          Life of Nelson (Southey). Vol. i. p. 93.
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    England expects every man to do his duty. 1
          Life of Nelson (Southey). Vol. ii. p. 131.
 
Note 1.
This famous sentence is thus first reported: “Say to the fleet, England confides that every man will do his duty.” Captain Pasco, Nelson’s flag-lieutenant, suggested to substitute “expects” for “confides,” which was adopted. Captain Blackwood, who commanded the “Euryalis,” says that the correction suggested was from “Nelson expects” to “England expects.” [back]
 

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