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William Burrows was a 19th century Human man. He was an officer in the United States Navy and the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise (schooner).
In 1813, Lieutenant Burrows was recorded as having said, "The colors must never be struck", meaning that surrender was an option only after every other alternative had been considered.
In 2267, Spock quoted Burrows's statement to James T. Kirk during a dire situation. (TOS novel: The Abode of Life)