mentioned by Thomson in his Summer, was Admiral Edward
Vernon, who attacked Carthagena in 1741; but the malaria reached the
crew, and, as the poet says -
“To infant weakness sunk the warrior's arms.”
An enthusiastic Royalist of great beauty and talent. (Sir Walter Scott: Rob Roy.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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