COMMAND: Education of a General

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A squadron of the British fleet, entrusted to Commodore Martin, suddenly appeared in the Bay of Naples [m 1742], and threatened an immediate bombardment unless the King would engage in writing to withdraw his troops from the Spanish army, and to observe in future a strict neutrality. The Neapolitan court, wholly unprepared for the defense of the city, endeavored to elude the demand by prolonging the negotiation. But the gallant Englishman...laid his watch upon the table in his cabin, and told the negotiators that their answer must be given within...

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