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44                              BYGONE SUSSEX.
epigram that gained him the friendship of the victor. It was the pleasant duty of Denis to take home the despatches in which the victory was announced. He served in Parliament for the borough of Heydon. In 1756, he was on the home station, and formed part of the Court-Martial that had the melancholy duty of trying Admiral Byng. It seems clear that they had no option but to find him guilty of negligence. Their strong recommendation to mercy was disregarded by the King, and whatever discredit attaches to the execution of Byng must be laid, not to his judges, but to the inhumanity of George II. Denis formed part of Sir Edward Hawke's unsuccessful expedition against Rochefort in 1757; captured the " Raisonnable " in 1758, and had his share in the great victory of Quiberon Bay in 1759;a battle which Prof. Laughton has characterised as "the greatest victory at sea since the defeat of the Spanish Armada." In 1761, as Thackeray records, it was the agreeable task of Denis to brin^ to her English home and bride-groom the German princess, so long known to our grandfathers as " Good Queen Charlotte." Denis became a baronet in 1767, and after further service of an uneventful kind, he died in 1778,
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