Lord Admiral Parry was one of the Lords of the Admiralty at the time Hornblower was on lieutenant's half-pay during the Peace of Amiens. It was near the end of the Peace when Hornblower stayed up all night at the Long Rooms, a gaming establishment run by the Marquis de Sainte-Croix, to play whist with Lord Admiral Parry and Admiral Richard Lambert, who was Admiral at the Jamaica Station when Hornblower was lieutenant aboard HMS Renown. The morning after the whist all-nighter, Hornblower received a note from Parry that he was to be confirmed to the position of commander and is to appointed to the command of a Sloop of War. Hornblower remarked 'You see that sometimes it is profitable to play whist, in more ways than one.'


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