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The National Music of America. 221
Dacres then went on board of the Constitution and offered his sword to Captain Hull, but the American cried, " No, no; I'll not take a sword from a man who knows so well how to use it ; but I'll trouble you for that hat!" — remembering the wager made in London long before.
It was a battle of which both sides had reason to be proud. Dacres and his men had shown a courage that was so tenacious that, after the battle, it was found that the hull could not be saved, and the Guerriere, once called "The Terror of the Sea," was blown up. At the court martial of Captain Dacres, for surrendering his ship, which took place at Halifax a little later, he was unanimously acquitted, and he subsequently became a a vice-admiral, as his father had been before him. In his report of the action, made to Vice-Admiral Sawyer, Sept. 7, 1812, Dacres generously says : " I feel it my duty to state that the conduct of Captain Hull