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Tony Beales

    According to Charles Rathbone Low in The Great Battles of the British Navy (London 1872), Lord Shaftesbury stated that Palmerston had often said this to him while Foreign Secretary:
    ‘What effect the almost unchequered successes gained by the skill of our naval officers and the valour of our seamen, had upon the mind of so astute and experienced a statesman as Lord Palmerston, we have on the authority of Lord Shaftesbury, who recently stated that that great nobleman, when Foreign Minister, often said to him : ” Whenever I want thing well done in a distant part of the world ; when I want a man with a good head, a good heart, lots of pluck. and plenty of common sense, I always send for a captain of the navy” ‘