A New and Enlarged Military Dictionary Volume 2 In French and English in Which Are Explained the Principal Terms of All the Sciences That Are Necessary for an Officer and Engineer

Charles James

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1810 Excerpt: ...rejected. SELECTION, the act of choosing in preference to others rejected hence selection of officer to act upon the staff, &c. In which case merit only ought to be the guiding principle. SELF, (JSoi-mime, Fr.) ones own person. SeLT-corifideril. See Vanity. SeLp-sufficient. See Vanity. SELFISHNESS, a narrow, mean, and unmanly regard for ones own interest only a quality incompatible with the fine feelings and the high notions of an officer. SELICTAR.aTurkish sabre. SELION, (Sillon, Fr.) a ridge of land which lies between two furrows. To SELL, to dispose of for a price. To Sell out, a term generally used when an officer is permitted to retire from the service selling or disposing of his commission or commissions. It is the correlative word to buy in. Officers who have purchased or bought, are usually allowed to sell. But much depends upon the interest or good luck of the individual, with respect to the advantages which are derived from this traffic. It sometimes happens, that an officer, who has only perhaps bought one commission, and has risen to the top of the regiment, is permitted to get the aggregate value of all the steps and he is fortunate indeed, if the step he purchased was the first, and consequently the cheapest. During the administration of his Royal Highness the Duke of York, a great check had been pui to the enormous abuses which were practised at the. beginning of the late war. But it will require more tharj Herculean labour to keep this military Augean stable clean, so long as the system of bargain and sale prevails. To Sell at the Regulation, to receive the regulated price of a commission. A commission is sometimes allowed to be sold at the regulation for the benefit of an individual, whose children havefallen in the service and i...