Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


The Royal Navy of England has ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island; an arm moreover from which however strong and powerful, no danger can ever be apprehended to liberty, and accordingly it has been assiduously cultivated even from the earliest ages.
Blackstone.—Commentaries by Broom and Hadley, Vol. I. Page 500.