-El Almirantazgo -continuó él- se entretiene de vez en cuando, con el envío de algunos centenares de hombres al mar, en barcos no aptos para ser empleados. Pero tienen muchísimos a su cargo, y entre los miles que de todos modos se irán al fondo, es imposible para ellos distinguir el grupo que sería menos pérdida.

PERS Cap. VIII

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"The Admiralty," he continued, "entertain themselves now and then, with sending a few hundred men to sea, in a ship not fit to be employed. But they have a great many to provide for; and among the thousands that may just as well go to the bottom as not, it is impossible for them to distinguish the very set who may be least missed."