Captain James Lawrence (d. 1813) and his infant son James Montaudevert Lawrence, (1813-1814)
Overall: 49 x 43 x 8 1/2 in. ( 124.5 x 109.2 x 21.6 cm )
without frame: 37 x 35 1/2 x 6 in. ( 94 x 90.2 x 15.2 cm )
Gift of Trinity Church
carved: on one side: "THE HERO/ whose remains are here deposited/ with his expiring breath,/ expressed his devotion to his country./ Neither the fury of battle,/ the anguish of a mortal wound,/ nor the horrors of approaching death/ could subdue his gallant spirit./ his dying words were/ DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP/ JAMES MONTAUDEVERT LAWRENCE/ Infant son of Capt JAMES LAWRENCE/ Born 8 July 1813/ Died 18 Sept 1814"
carved: on the other side: "IN MEMORY OF/CAPTAIN JAMES LAWRENCE/OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY/WHO FELL/ON THE 1ST DAY OF JUNE 1813 IN THE 32ND YEARS OF HIS AGE/IN THE ACTION BETWEEN THR FRIGATED CHESAPEAK AND SHANNON./HE HAD DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF ON VARIOUS ACASIONS/BUT PARTICULARLY WHEN COMANDING THE SLOOP OF WAR HORNET/BY CAPTURING AND SINKING/HIS BRITANNICK MAJESTYS SLOOP OF WAR PEACOCK/AFTER A DESPARATE ACTION OF 14 MINUTES, HIS BRAVERY IN ACTION/WAS ONLY EQUALLED BY HIS MODESTY IN TRIUMPH/AND HIS MAENANIMITY TO THE VANQUISHED./IN PRIVATE LIEF/ HE WAS A GENTLEMAN OF THE MOST GENEROUS AN ENDERING QUALITIES/AND SO ACKNOWLEDGED WAS HIS [UBLIC WORTH/THAT THE WHOLE NATION MOURNED HIS LOSS/AND THE ENEMY CONTENDED WITH HIS COUNTRYMEN/WHO MOST SHOULD HONOUR HIS REMAINS"
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