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  • Content, to fight, single-handed, from seven in the morning till eleven at night, with four great armadas and two galleys, though her heaviest gun was but one nine-pounder, and for many hours she had but thirteen men fit for service?

    Westward Ho!

  • Just after his 11th birthday in June, he caught a nine-pounder.

    Health: How Their Stories End

  • Talk about points, there are none like those at the end of a bayonet; and the most powerful of styles is a good rattling “article” from a nine-pounder.

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • Instead I gave birth to a nine-pounder, which left me with … well, you can do the math.

    Holding the World by the Hand

  • A gunner spun back from the muzzle of his nine-pounder, struck in the ribs by a French musket ball.

    Sharpe's Escape

  • The gowned men were not monks at all, but friars of the Discalced Carmelite order, two of whom were gravely inspecting a nine-pounder cannon.

    Sharpe's Escape

  • A nine-pounder round shot seared through it, sending up a long fast spray of blood.

    Sharpe's Escape

  • A Sergeant, reckoning escape was impossible, turned and lunged his own bayonet at Harper, who knocked it aside with the seven-barrel gun and then hit the man on the jaw with a fist and the French Sergeant went back as if he had been hit by a nine-pounder ball.

    Sharpe's Escape

  • A canister from a nine-pounder tore into them, twitching files red and ragged, but they closed up, stepped over the dead and dying, and came on with their long bayonets gleaming.

    Sharpe's Escape

  • Dutchman, who had nearly taken a British frigate with an old iron nine-pounder from a mud breastwork, only that his gun burst at the sixth discharge.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

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