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American War 1812-13. HMS SHANNON‚ William Diamond‚ landsman. 18147

American War 1812-13. HMS SHANNON‚ William Diamond‚ landsman.	18147	An original Autograph Letter Signed by William Diamond‚ [to his former captain of HMS Shannon‚ possibly Provo Wallis‚ who briefly succeeded Broke]‚ prompted to write by “your generous gift to the officers of the New Shannon”‚ recalling the taking of the Chesapeake‚ the fate of the officers of HMS Shannon‚ and Diamond’s later service in other ships in the Navy. 4 pp. 7 x 4 inches‚ in fine condition. [Plymouth] 1856. A rare eyewitness record by one the Shannon’s young sailors‚ now aged 67. “... my name is william diamond i was with you Sir On board the shannon in taking the Chesapeake of Boston i will relate to you Sir Concerning the officers of his majestys ship Shannon. June 1st 1813 being off a tuesday morning Captain brookes wounded on board the Chesapeake‚ Mr wates Lieutenant killed your honour being Commanding Officer‚ mr faulkner second in Command‚ Sir i done my duty in the pursers store room‚ Mr Oldham was the purser. Died of his wounds Mr Stevens boatswain ...” In the Medical and Surgical Journal of HMS Shannon by Alexander Jack for 30 July to 29 November 1813 [National Archives]‚ we find this entry: William Diamond‚ aged 21‚ landsman [a seaman with less than a year's experience at sea; after a year‚ a Landsman was usually rated as an Ordinary Seaman]; disease or hurt‚ severe headache‚ pains in the loins and limbs‚ sickness at stomach with nausea and thirst. Put on sick list‚ 10 August 1813. Discharged 15 August 1813 to duty.

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BAYLY‚ Admiral Sir Lewis. 16437

BAYLY‚ Admiral Sir Lewis.	16437 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mrs. Herbert‚ explaining why he is not interested in writing an autobiography‚ adding that “it requires as much training to write a book as it does to handle a battleship”. 2 pp. 5½ x 4 inches‚ fine. Ermington‚ South Devon‚ 12 December 1921. Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly (1857 –1938) took command of a battle squadron during the First World War. Bayly joined the Royal Navy in 1870. He served in the Third Anglo-Ashanti War (1873) and against pirates in the Congo bassin (1875). He later served on HMS Agincourt and in the Anglo-Egyptian War (1882).

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BERESFORD‚ Admiral Lord Charles. 13825

BERESFORD‚ Admiral Lord Charles.	13825	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Charles Beresford’‚ to Miss Clifton‚ on his return from America‚ hoping to call when he has time. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 71 South Audley Street‚ 17 February 1907[?]. Lord Charles Beresford (1846-1919)‚ admiral. “I have not one minute I can call mine own. Parliament and Naval Reforms take every moment of my time.”

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BICKERTON‚ Admiral Sir Richard. 15856

BICKERTON‚ Admiral Sir Richard.	15856 Letter Signed‚ as Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth‚ to Captain Robert Mitford‚ HMS Minstrel‚ informing him that the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty require him to “acquaint William Osborne‚ Ships Corporal on board the Minstrel‚ that his request to be discharged in payment of money or finding substitutes cannot be complied with.” 1 page 10 x 8 inches‚ in good condition. HMS Medway at Spithead‚ 30 July 1813. In 1801 Admiral Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton (1759-1832) conducted the blockade of Egypt. In 1803-1805 Bickerton was second in command to Nelson in the seas off Toulon.

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BOYLES‚ Vice-Admiral Charles. 18275

BOYLES‚ Vice-Admiral Charles.	18275	Naval Order Signed ‘Cha: Boyles’‚ to Captain Robert Mitford of H.M. Sloop Espoir‚ instructing him to proceed with Dispatches to the Commander in Chief‚ at Mahon or elsewhere‚ also to deliver a Memorandum to the Commander of H.M. Sloop Eclair or any other of the cruisers on the coast of Sardinia‚ “but this is not by any means to take you out of your way in pursuit of the first object‚ that of delivering the dispatches to the Commander in Chief with all possible speed”. 2 pp. 12 x 8 inches‚ in sound condition‚ but with one heavy stain clear of the signature. Given on board the Canopus‚ Palermo Bay‚ 23 February 1811. Boyles was the young midshipman who became a close friend and mentor to Horatio Nelson when he joined the Raisonable in 1771. “Boyles was his favourite and he probably assumed the role of protective older brother. Five years Horace’s senior he was a lively Norfolk lad whose father‚ the collector of customs at Wells‚ was known to the Nelson-Suckling families ... he was capable too: he became a post-captain in 1790‚ distinguished himself in Calder’s action with the French in 1805 and reached flag rank a year later.” [John Sugden Nelson: A Dream of Glory‚ p 50]. Vice-Admiral Charles Boyles (1756-1816) became a rear-admiral in 1809 and from 1810 to 1812 served in the Mediterranean. He became a vice-admiral in 1814.

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BREMER‚ Rear-Admiral Sir James John Gordon. 17700

BREMER‚ Rear-Admiral Sir James John Gordon.	17700	An original Admiralty Memorandum signed by Gordon Bremer as Commodore‚ to Captain Hall (”Nemesis Hall”) of H.M. Steam Vessel Dragon‚ approving payment to the Boatswain of the Dragon “for the conveyance of one Officer and eleven men from the Nine Elms ot Woolwich in their journey from Portsmouth”. 1 page 6 x 8 inches‚ in very good condition‚ remains of guard where formerly mounted. William & Mary Yacht‚ Woolwich‚ 29 June 1847. Rear-Admiral Sir James John Gordon Bremer (1786-1850) established the colony on Melville Island‚ Australia (1824)‚ and later at Port Essington. He had the naval command of the expedition to China during a great part of the years 1840-41. He was distinguished in the Burmese and Chinese wars. Bremer landed at the Possession Point on Hong Kong Island on 26 January 1841 during the First Opium War‚ prior to the cession of the island according to the Treaty of Nanking‚ and claimed Hong Kong for Queen Victoria. His memorandum is addressed to Captain (later Admiral) William Hutcheon Hall (1797–1878) who served in the First Anglo-Chinese War and Crimean War. In 1816–17‚ he served as a midshipman under Captain Basil Hall‚ with whom he attended William Amherst's embassy to China. In November 1839‚ Hall obtained command of Nemesis of the British East India Company in China‚ where he served in the First Anglo-Chinese War (1839–43). The ship's first engagement was against Chinese forts and a fleet of junks in the Second Battle of Chuenpee on 7 January 1841.He was Mentioned in Despatches for his part in the battle. He was also present at the Battle of First Bar on 27 February. In commemoration of his service‚ he was commonly known in the navy as "Nemesis Hall". William Dallas Bernard‚ an Oxford graduate who studied life and customs in China‚ used Hall's notes to write an account of the war in the Narrative of the Voyages and Services of the Nemesis from 1840 to 1843 (1844).

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BRENTON‚ Admiral Sir Jahleel. 15851

BRENTON‚ Admiral Sir Jahleel.	15851 Naval Order Signed by Brenton as Captain of HMS Spartan‚ a month before his most famous naval action at Naples (see DNB entry)‚ to Captain Mitford of HM Sloop Espoir‚ instructing him to put himself under the orders of Captain Ayscough of HMS Success. 1 page 12 x 7 inches‚ ink faded but legible‚ otherwise sound. On board HMS Spartan‚ Milazzo [Messina‚ Sicily]‚ 2 April 1810. The ink has faded but this is the first Jahleel Brenton document we have found. Admiral Sir Jahleel Brenton (Newport‚ Rhode Island‚ 1770 – 1844) fought throughout the Napoleonic Wars. Following the renewal of hostilities with France‚ he commanded a succession of frigates. Brenton was obliged to surrender in July 1803 when his frigate ran aground. He was imprisoned at until 1806‚ during which time his wife joined him. Having eventually been exchanged (freed in return for the release of Massena’s nephew) he was appointed to HMS Spartan in 1807. Brenton's most brilliant action was fought with a squadron of French ships at Naples on 1 May 1810. He was severely wounded during the battle‚ and Joachim Murat‚ the then king of Naples‚ later praised his conduct.

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CAMPBELL‚ Vice-Admiral Sir Patrick. 14249

CAMPBELL‚ Vice-Admiral Sir Patrick.	14249	Autograph Letter Signed‚ as Captain of HMS Leviathan in the Mediterranean‚ to Robert Mitford‚ Captain of HM Sloop Espoir‚ sending “a sett of bills for my pay” which Mitford can negotiate at Gibraltar. 1 page 10 x 8 inches‚ with the integral address leaf. Some damage along upper edge only‚ where opened‚ occasional dust soiling‚ otherwise in good condition. Leviathan [Mediterranean]‚ 28 August 1811. Mail between two ships in the Mediterranean fleet. Vice-Admiral Sir Patrick Campbell (1773 – 1841) saw distinguished service in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. During his service in a number of ships in the Mediterranean and English Channel‚ Campbell saw several small ship actions and was successful in every one‚ even surviving a double shipwreck in 1805. Following the war‚ Campbell retired for ten years before returning to service‚ later commanding at the Cape of Good Hope. One of his younger brothers was General Sir Colin Campbell.

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CLAVELL‚ John‚ Captain R.N. 15850

CLAVELL‚ John‚ Captain R.N.	15850 Naval Order Signed ‘John Clavell’ as Captain of HMS Orlando‚ “Commanding His Majesty’s Ships & Vessels in the Archipelago”‚ to Robert Mitford‚ Captain of HM Sloop Espoir‚ ordering him to take charge of a convoy going from Smyrna to Malta. 1 page 13 x 9 inches‚ heavily marked along folds‚ otherwise sound. On board HMS Orlando‚ Smyrna‚ 12 March 1813. A good example of the uncommon signature of the Senior Lieutenant of HMS Royal Sovereign at the Battle of Trafalgar. Captain John Clavell (1779-1846) was wounded in the battle. After Trafalgar he was made Commander by Collingwood‚ who before the battle had himself commended Clavell to Nelson for promotion to HMS Royal Sovereign from HMS Dreadnought‚ as “Clavell‚ who is indeed my right arm‚and the spirit which puts every thing in motion.”

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CLAXTON‚ Christopher‚ Commander R.N. 16230

CLAXTON‚ Christopher‚ Commander R.N.	16230	Autograph Testimonial Signed by Claxton‚ probably addressed to the Admiralty‚ mentioning his active service during the Napoleonic Wars‚ also at Baltimore (1814)‚ hoping that “it may possibly be in your power to give me a lift over any thing that may stand between me and a Commander’s commission”. 3 pp. 9 x 17 inches‚ slight scattered foxing. Nymph‚ Portsmouth‚ 17 August [1815]. See O’Byrne‚ A Naval Biographical Dictionary. Christopher Claxton entered the Navy in 1804‚ records his adventurous career‚ and describes his attempts to find official favour. “... Also of my having received the thanks of Capt. Crofton before the Naval Brigade from whom I was distinguished from the rest for my conduct before Baltimore while commanding the seamen of the Ramilies.” ‘While belonging next‚ from Oct. 1812‚ to March‚ 1815‚ to the Ramillies 74‚ Capt. Sir T. M. Hardy‚ Lieut. Claxton distinguished himself in command of the small-arm men at the attack upon Baltimore in Sept. 1814; and was likewise present at the capture of the islands in Passamaquoddy Bay‚ and the bombardment of Stonington. He returned home on board the Nymphe 36‚ Capt. Hugh Pigot‚ in Aug. 1815’ [O’Byrne]. The recipient of Claxton’s letter (possibly Croker) has annotated the letter with a brief draft reply: “Aug 21. My compts. I regret that I can not.”

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COTTON‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 18277

COTTON‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	18277	Naval Order Signed ‘C.Cotton’‚ while serving as Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean‚ to Captain Robert Mitford of the Espoir‚ instructing him to proceed with public dispatches and join “Captain Otway of the Ajax on the Coast ot the Eastward about Genoa‚ or the North Coast of Corsica”. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ in good condition‚ horizontal folds. Given on board the San Josef off Toulon‚ 2 July 1811. Admiral Sir Charles Cotton (1753-1812) joined the frigate HMS Niger and participated in the Boston campaign in 1775 and Long Island campaign in 1776. In 1777‚ Cotton took command of the floating battery HMS Vigilant off the Chesapeake and supported the landing of British troops off the river. He was also promoted to lieutenant during the campaign. In 1779 as captain of HMS Boyne Cotton joined the fleet under Sir George Rodney in the West Indies. The following year‚ Cotton joined Rodney in action at the Battle of Martinique. After the Battle of Trafalgar‚ Cotton took command of several ships stationed off the Tagus in Portugal. He also planned and executed the seaborne extraction of the 30‚000 men of Sir John Moore's army trapped in Galicia. Cotton's plans allowed a fleet to transports to remove the vast majority of the army after they had defeated close French pursuit at the Battle of Corunna. In 1810‚ Cotton was chosen as Lord Collingwood's replacement in command of the Mediterranean Fleet after Collingwood's sudden death.

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DACRES‚ Vice-Admiral James Richard. 16791

DACRES‚ Vice-Admiral James Richard.	16791 Letter Signed‚ to Sir John Thomas Duckworth‚ Vice Admiral of the White‚ acknowledging his letter and enclosures. 1 page 12½ x 8 inches‚ in fine condition. Hercule‚ Port Royal [Jamaica]‚ 7 March 1806. Vice-Admiral James Richard Dacres (1749-1810) commanded the Carleton schooner in the action on Lake Champlain in 1776‚ and after a distinguished career was appointed Commander in Chief on the Jamaica station.

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DE LA RONCIERE LE NOURY‚ Admiral. 11314

DE LA RONCIERE LE NOURY‚ Admiral.	11314	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Charles Manby‚ the engineer‚ about his correspondence concerning ships. In French. 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ minor creasing. Paris‚ 1 November 1857[?]. Baron Camille Adalbert Marie Clément de la Roncière le Noury (1813-1881)‚ French admiral.

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DOUGHTY‚ Rear-Admiral Frederic Proby. 13393

DOUGHTY‚ Rear-Admiral Frederic Proby.	13393	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Cooke (probably E.W.Cooke‚ marine painter)‚ offering accommodation in his cabin for the voyage to Bombay and back. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ some very light spotting‚ in good condition‚ headed paper of HMS Crocodile. HMS Crocodile‚ Portsmouth‚ 24 August 1878. Rear-Admiral Frederic Proby Doughty (1834-1892). He was Captain of HMS Crocodile‚ in this case taking troops to the Second Afghan War. The Crocodile was launched on 7 January 1867 (built by Wigram at Blackwall)‚ and discontinued her Naval service in January 1894. The Crocodile was armed with three 4-pounder guns and could accommodate about 1‚800 men with baggage‚ besides the officers and crew of the ship. She sailed at an average speed of between eight and ten knots.

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DUNDAS‚ Robert Saunders‚ 2nd Viscount Melville. 13274

DUNDAS‚ Robert Saunders‚ 2nd Viscount Melville.	13274 Letter Signed ‘Melville’ as First Lord of the Admiralty‚ to Rear Admiral Sir E.Codrington‚ making a note of his “desire for employment when a proper opportunity may offer of calling your Services.” 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ fine. Admiralty‚ 25 April 1815. Robert Saunders Dundas (1771-1851)‚ 2nd Viscount Melville‚ statesman‚ First Lord of the Admiralty from 1811‚ a post he held for fifteen years. He took a particular interest in Arctic expeditions‚ an interest which was acknowledged by Melville Sound being called after him.

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EAST INDIA CONVOY. HMS Leda‚ Madeira‚ 1805. 18554

EAST INDIA CONVOY. HMS Leda‚ Madeira‚ 1805.	18554	Autograph Letter Signed by William Steuart (the content implies he is a Midshipman)‚ to his cousin in Edinburgh‚ about their arrival in Funchal Roads “with a large Convoy of Transports and East Indiamen”‚ joined now by the West India Convoy and a number of named warships. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ in good condition‚ with the address leaf bearing Ship Letter London circle‚ mileage marks‚ etc. HM Ship Leda‚ Funchal Roads‚ Madeira‚ 3 October 1805. “... we have been joined here by the West India Convoy & HM Ships Raisonable‚ Malabar‚ Dart‚ Chichester‚ Dolphin & three Brigs‚ we are just getting underway with the Convoy but where we are bound God knows ...” HMS Leda‚ launched in 1800‚ was the lead ship of a successful class of forty-seven British Royal Navy 38-gun sailing frigates. Leda was one of the escorts to a convoy of transports and EIC vessels that were part of the expedition under General Sir David Baird and Admiral Sir Home Riggs Popham that would in 1806 capture the Dutch Cape Colony. They would carry supplies and troops to the Cape‚ and then continue on their voyages. The British fleet‚ including Leda‚ arrived in Table Bay on 5 January 1806 and anchored off Robben Island. Leda supported the landing of the troops.

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FIGUEROA‚ José Vazquez de. 12130

FIGUEROA‚ José Vazquez de.	12130	Letter Signed‚ during his period of imprisonment at Santiago‚ to John Philippart‚ Military Library‚ Whitehall‚ thanking him for the proof of his biographical entry‚ but preferring complete silence about himself at this moment‚ to avoid public censure‚ because blind submission to his beloved Sovereign is the only course available to him now. In French. 2¼ pages 8 x 6 inches‚ with the address panel‚ remains of guard‚ a few minor blemishes only. Santiago de Galicia‚ 1 December 1818. José Vazquez de Figueroa (1770-1855)‚ Spanish naval officer who became Minister of the Navy in 1813 and again in 1816‚ when he tried to improve and reform the navy. In 1818 he was imprisoned at Santiago de Compostela. He resumed the Navy portfolio in 1834-35.

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FORD‚ Vice-Admiral John. 16871

FORD‚ Vice-Admiral John.	16871 Letter Signed‚ to Captain Keith Elphinstone [later Admiral Lord Keith]‚ His Majesty’s Ship Warwick at Spithead‚ raising a difficulty which had arisen concerning “our Account of Prizes ...which did not occur to me at Portsmouth”‚ enquiring about the period of Elphinstone’s command of HMS Pearl‚ explaining “that I never did mean to share with any Vessel whatever that had not a Copper Bottom”‚ discussing vessels on Elphinstone’s list‚ the loss of “my Oil Brig”‚ etc. 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ in good condition‚ with the integral address leaf‚ postal marks. Downing Street‚ 13 November 1780. Discussions about prize money from the American War between two naval Captains. Vice-Admiral John Ford (d.1796) was commissioned as Lieutenant in 1761. His war services included the Battle of the Chesapeake (1781) and the Battle of the Saintes (1782) as Captain of HMS Nymphe. Ford was Captain of HMS Carnatic 1789-1792. He was appointed Commander in Chief at Jamaica in 1793‚ and took part in the Operations against San Domingo (1794).

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FROUDE‚ William. 18521

FROUDE‚ William.	18521	Autograph Letter Signed ‘W.Froude’‚ to J.B.Macaulay‚ thanking him for the copy of the Admiral’s memo [Admiral Moorsom]‚ discussing British Association Committee business‚ knowing now “how essential some new line of thought was as the old model would not fit in with facts”. 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition. With the remains of the envelope‚ and a newspaper obituary of Froude (Times 7 June 1879). Torquay‚ 6 January 1878. Uncommon. William Froude (1810 – 1879 in Simonstown‚ South Africa)‚ English engineer‚ hydrodynamicist and naval architect. He was the first to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships (such as the hull speed equation) and for predicting their stability. At Brunel's invitation Froude turned his attention to the stability of ships in a seaway and his 1861 paper to the Institution of Naval Architects became influential in ship design. This led to a commission to identify the most efficient hull shape‚ which he was able to fulfil by reference to scale models: he established a formula (now known as the Froude number) by which the results of small-scale tests could be used to predict the behaviour of full-sized hulls.

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GAMBIER‚ Samuel. 16233

GAMBIER‚ Samuel.	16233	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Brigadier General Bentham‚ recommending a person to his employment. 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ in good condition. Navy Office‚ 9 July 1803. Samuel Gambier (1752-1813)‚ first Commissioner of the Navy.

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GARDNER‚ Admiral Alan Hyde‚ Lord. 14009

GARDNER‚ Admiral Alan Hyde‚ Lord.	14009 Original Naval Order‚ signed ‘Gardner’‚ addressed to Lieutenant Bucke‚ commanding HM Gun Boat Acute‚ giving orders for the protection of a victualling vessel and for the delivery of supernumeraries belonging to HMS Superb. 1 page 12½ x 8 inches‚ folds‚ in good condition. Given on board the Blake at Sea‚ 18 July 1809. Uncommon. Alan Hyde Gardner‚ KCB‚ 2nd Baron Gardner (1770 – 1815) was the son of Admiral Alan Gardner‚ 1st Baron Gardner‚ and followed his father into the Royal Navy. In 1796 he was captain of the frigate HMS Heroine‚ and in 1805 of the 74 gun HMS Hero - in the latter he was present at the action off Ferrol in 1805 and led the vanguard at the Battle of Cape Finisterre later that year.

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HADDOCK‚ Captain Richard. 11412

HADDOCK‚ Captain Richard.	11412	Letter Signed by three Admiralty Commissioners‚ Richard Haddock‚ George Purvis and John Fawler‚ addressed to ‘The Respective Officers of his Majestys Yard at Woolwich’‚ acknowledging their letter and informing them that they “have written to Mr.Briggs to hasten into Store the Watch Bell demanded for the Shoreham‚ without a moment loss of time”. 1 page 12 x 7 inches‚ a few minor defects only‚ with the integral address leaf‚ address panel and docket on receipt. Navy Office‚ 7 May 1736. Captain Richard Haddock R.N. (1673-1751) was appointed in 1734 to be Controller of the Navy‚ a position held by his famous father‚ Captain Sir Richard Haddock (1629-1714). The other signatures are those of Captain George Purvis (Controller of the Treasurer’s Accounts)‚ and John Fawler (Controller of the Victualling Accounts).

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HALL‚ Admiral Sir William Hutcheon. 17563

HALL‚ Admiral Sir William Hutcheon.	17563	Naval Memorandum‚ signed ‘W.H.Hall’ as Captain of HMS Dragon‚ confirming the appointment of John Langley as Chief Engineer. 7 x 8 inches‚ in good condition‚ remains of guard where formerly mounted. Dragon at Woolwich‚ 5 July 1847. The uncommon signature of “Nemesis Hall”. Admiral Sir William Hutcheon Hall (1797–1878) served in the First Anglo-Chinese War and Crimean War. In 1816–17‚ he served as a midshipman under Captain Basil Hall‚ with whom he attended William Amherst's embassy to China. In November 1839‚ Hall obtained command of Nemesis of the British East India Company in China‚ where he served in the First Anglo-Chinese War (1839–43). The ship's first engagement was against Chinese forts and a fleet of junks in the Second Battle of Chuenpee on 7 January 1841.He was Mentioned in Despatches for his part in the battle. He was also present at the Battle of First Bar on 27 February. In commemoration of his service‚ he was commonly known in the navy as "Nemesis Hall". William Dallas Bernard‚ an Oxford graduate who studied life and customs in China‚ used Hall's notes to write an account of the war in the Narrative of the Voyages and Services of the Nemesis from 1840 to 1843 (1844).

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HOBSON‚ Richmond Pearson. 12745

HOBSON‚ Richmond Pearson.	12745	His Autograph: “with best wishes‚ Richmond Pearson Hobson‚ Hong Kong‚ July 20‚ 1899.” 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 1899. Richmond Pearson Hobson (1870 – 1937)‚ United States Navy Rear Admiral who sank the Spanish ship Merrimac in Santiago Harbour during the Spanish-American War in 1898 in order to confine the Spanish fleet to harbour. Hobson became a hero of the American press while he was a prisoner of war in Cuba.

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HOPE‚ Charles‚ Captain R.N. 16762

HOPE‚ Charles‚ Captain R.N.	16762 Letter Signed as Captain of HMS Tyne‚ to Lord Townshend‚ Senior Officer in the Pacific‚ informing him that “a considerable remittance will be shipped at this Port on board HM Ship under my command” and that will account for his delayed departure. 1 page 11 x 8 inches‚ minor blemishes‚ lower section toned‚ otherwise good. HM Ship Tyne‚ Islay [Peru]‚ 12 August 1833. Rear-Admiral Charles Hope (1798-1854)‚ second son of Charles Hope‚ Lord President of the Court of Session in Scotland‚ was Captain of HMS Tyne on the South American station‚ 1830-1834. On 2 January 1833 Charles Hope in HMS Tyne had arrived (and joined HMS Clio) at Port Egmont to reassert the British claim to sovereignty of the Falkland Islands‚ and demanded that the Argentine (or Buenos Ayres) flag be lowered.

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HOSTE‚ Captain Sir William. 18585

HOSTE‚  Captain Sir William.	18585	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to his mother at Godwick Hall‚ Norfolk‚ hoping to return home yet at the same time waiting for opportunities to arise on the Mediterranean station‚ frustrated at remaining at Malta because‚ due to the state of the Amphion‚ “it will be with difficulty I can keep the Sea this winter”‚ referring to George Hoste‚ asking after the children at home‚ describing the “dreadful accident” of the wreck of HMS Athenian with heavy loss of life. 4 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ with the address panel (English mileage marks). HMS Amphion‚ Malta‚ 27 October 1806. Captain Sir William Hoste (1780-1828) who entered the navy under Nelson’s patronage. Hoste was one of the great frigate captains of the Napoleonic wars‚ taking part in six major actions‚ including the Battle of Lissa (1811). He tells his mother that he will be writing to his father‚ “as this business of the Amphion being so bad will require some Interest to get me another Ship & I should wish to be employed in the Mediterranean if possible without going home & have a Frigate in my Eye - God bless you my dear Mother‚ remember me to all hands ...”

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HOWE‚ Admiral Richard‚ Earl. 15604

HOWE‚ Admiral Richard‚ Earl.	15604	Autograph Letter in the third person‚ to William Eden (later Lord Auckland): “Lord Howe presents is compts. to Mr. Eden‚ and will wait at home to receive his commands at 12 o’clock as he has been pleased to appoint.” 1 page 7½ x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ remains of guard where formerly mounted. Grafton Street‚ Wednesday Morning‚ undated. Admiral of the Fleet Richard Howe‚ 1st Earl Howe (1726-1799). Howe joined the navy at the age of thirteen and served throughout the War of the Austrian Succession. During the Seven Years War he gained a reputation for his role in amphibious operations against the French coast as part of Britain's policy of naval descents. He took part in the decisive British naval victory at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759. He is best known for his service during the American War of Independence‚ when he acted as a naval commander and a peace commissioner with the American rebels‚ and for his command of the British fleet during the Glorious First of June in 1794. William Eden‚ 1st Baron Auckland (1745 –1814)‚ statesman and diplomat. The subantarctic Auckland Islands group to the south of New Zealand‚ discovered in 1806‚ were named after him. Eden achieved considerable power in the management of American affairs. He temporarily took charge of the American department in 1775. During the American Revolution Eden was the official in charge of British espionage and was in contact with Loyalist informants.

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INGLEFIELD‚ Edward Augustus. 18345

INGLEFIELD‚ Edward Augustus.	18345 His signature ‘E.A.Inglefield’ taken from the end of a letter. 2 x 4 inches‚ laid down on part of a Victorian album page‚ adhesive showing through. Undated. An uncommon autograph. Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield (1820–1894) was a Royal Naval officer who led one of the searches for the missing Arctic explorer John Franklin during the 1850s. In doing so‚ his expedition charted previously unexplored areas along the northern Canadian coastline‚ including Baffin Bay‚ Smith Sound and Lancaster Sound. He was also the inventor of the marine hydraulic steering gear and the anchor design that bears his name. The warship HMS Inglefield is named after him‚ as is the Inglefield Land region of Greenland.

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JACKSON‚ Vice-Admiral Robert. 15041

JACKSON‚ Vice-Admiral Robert.	15041 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Captain Littlehales‚ his “old friend and messmate”‚ giving advice on the education and expense of training a boy for service in India. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ address panel‚ torn at seal opening‚ otherwise fine. Kensington‚ 18 March 1819. Uncommon. Vice-Admiral Robert Jackson (1765-1852) served in the West Indies‚ at the reduction of Martinique (1794)‚ then on the Queen Charlotte (flagship of Admiral Keith)‚ in the Mediterranean‚ the Egypt expedition‚ Flag-Captain to Lord Keith in the North Sea and Channel stations‚ and from 1812-15 in the San Josef‚ Queen Charlotte and Ville de Paris.

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JAPAN. Captain Chandos Stanhope‚ R.N.‚ 1868 17193

JAPAN. Captain Chandos Stanhope‚ R.N.‚ 1868	17193 JAPAN. Captain Chandos Stanhope‚ R.N.‚ 1868 17193 Certificate Signed by Stanhope as Captain of HMS Ocean‚ certifying that John Stuart Lindsay Long had completed his navigation course. Countersigned by H.G.Smith‚ Naval Instructor. 1 page 13 x 8 inches‚ folds‚ light stains. HMS Ocean‚ Hiogo [Japan]‚ 24 March 1868. Captain Chandos Scudamore Stanhope (1823-1871)‚ Royal Navy‚ received a Royal Humane Society Silver Medal in 1851 for a life-saving rescue of a seaman. Soon after his death a group of his friends formed a memorial in his honour and raised a large sum of money‚ to provide a fund for the award of the gold “Stanhope Medal”‚ to be awarded by the Royal Humane Society for gallantry. Stanhope served on the HMS Warspite 50-gun ship with captains Sir John Hay and Sir Provo William Parry Wallis. These ships served the North America‚ West Indies‚ and Mediterranean ports. He was appointed in December 1846 to the HMS Queen 110-gun ship of Sir John West at Devonport. Stanhope later served from August 1847 in the Pacific on the HMS Asia 84-gun ship commanded by Rear-Admiral Phipps Hornby.[4] Stanhope became a Captain in October 1858. He commanded the ship HMS Ocean from Rio de Janeiro to Singapore in 1867. He died of smallpox at Malta. The first Stanhope Medal was awarded in 1873 to Captain Matthew Webb‚ who had attempted to rescue a sailor who had fallen from the rigging of a ship into the Atlantic Ocean.

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KEITH‚ George Keith Elphinstone‚ Admiral Lord. 13662

KEITH‚ George Keith Elphinstone‚ Admiral Lord.	13662 Naval Order Signed ‘Keith’ as Commander in Chief in the Mediterranean‚ to Doctor Polhill “having charge of the Sick and Wounded Seamen belonging to His Majesty’s Ships at Leghorn”‚ making the detailed arrangements for moving all Patients from Leghorn to the Hospital at Mahon. Countersigned by his secretary‚ Nicholas Brown. 2 pp. 13 x 8 inches‚ printed heading‚ integral blank leaf‚ in very fine condition. Given on board His Majesty’s Ship Minotaur in Leghorn Road‚ 26 June 1800. George Keith Elphinstone‚ Viscount Keith (1746-1823)‚ admiral‚ fought in the American War of Independence‚ and commanded the expeditions which took Cape Town (1795-97) and landed the army in Aboukir Bay (1801). From 1812 he was commander-in-chief of the Channel Fleet‚ and had a line of cruisers along the French coast at the time of Waterloo. “And as opportunities will now frequently offer for communication with Minorca‚ you are also to break up any establishment now existing here‚ which subjects Government to a standing expence ...”

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KEITH‚ George Keith Elphinstone‚ Admiral Lord. 16193

KEITH‚ George Keith Elphinstone‚ Admiral Lord.	16193	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Keith’ [to Mr. Atkinson] about works needing attention on his estate. 1 page 10 x 8 inches‚ folds‚ edges a little ragged. Tulliallan‚ 26 July 1821. Uncommon. George Keith Elphinstone‚ Viscount Keith (1746-1823)‚ admiral‚ fought in the American War of Independence‚ and commanded the expedition which took Cape Town (1795-97). In December 1798 he was sent to the Mediterranean as second in command to St.Vincent. Keith landed the army in Aboukir Bay (1801). From 1803 to 1807 he was commander-in-chief in the North Sea‚ with particular responsibility for coastal defence (including the Channel) in the event of a French invasion. From 1812 he was commander-in-chief of the Channel Fleet‚ and had a line of cruisers along the French coast at the time of Waterloo.

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KENNEDY‚ Admiral William Robert. 16676

KENNEDY‚ Admiral William Robert.	16676 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Harry Furniss‚ the illustrator‚ asking him not to “worry about the original sketches as we have them in my book”. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Commander in Chief’s Office‚ The Nore‚ 18 March‚ no year given. Admiral Sir William Robert Kennedy (1838-1916)‚ who served in the Crimea and in China‚ wrote books about his sporting adventures‚ and an autobiography Hurrah for the Life of a Sailor.

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KENNEDY‚ Admiral William Robert. 17667

KENNEDY‚ Admiral William Robert.	17667	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Sir Claude [de Crespigny]‚ about hunting in different countries‚ reminiscing about some fine times with Sir Claude’s brother on the Pampas of South America‚ referring to his book on the subject. 4 pp.7 x 4 inches‚ some minor blemishes only. Falconer’s Hill‚ Daventry‚ 27 March‚ no year given. Admiral Sir William Robert Kennedy (1838-1916)‚ who served in the Crimea and in China‚ wrote books about his sporting adventures‚ and an autobiography Hurrah for the Life of a Sailor. “I wrote a little book on sport in S.America when I was Capt of the Ruby and Senior Officer. it is published by Porter of Princes St. Cav. Square.”

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KERR‚ Lord Mark‚ Vice Admiral 16685

KERR‚ Lord Mark‚ Vice Admiral	16685	Manuscript certificate‚ signed ‘M.R.Kerr’ as Rear Admiral‚ stating he has had no “Public Employment either at Sea or on Shore” between 1 July and 31 October 1822. 4½ x 8 inches‚ in good condition‚ minor blemishes‚ paperclip mark. 11 November 1822. Vice-Admiral Lord Mark Robert Kerr (1776 –1840). Kerr served as an officer in the Lion (64) with Lord Macartney in his visit to China in 1792‚ and was present at the capture of Minorca in 1798.

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KEYES‚ Admiral Roger. 12070

KEYES‚ Admiral Roger.	12070	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Major Sir Algernon Tudor Craig‚ arranging an appointment for an officer. 1 page 7 x 5½ inches‚ in good condition‚ traces of stamp hinges‚ with the original envelope‚ signed with initials‚ postal mark of horizontal bars‚ marked ‘On Active Service’. H.M.S. Lion‚ 4 May 1919. Admiral of the Fleet Roger John Brownlow Keyes‚ 1st Baron Keyes GCB KCVO CMG DSO RN (4 October 1872 – 26 December 1945) was a noted British admiral‚ with an active service life that included 19th century African anti-slavery patrols and the Boxer Rebellion to the Allied landings in Leyte in World War II. He was regarded throughout the British Empire as one of the great naval heroes of his day. In 1919‚ he was given command of the new Battle Cruiser Squadron‚ hoisting his flag at Scapa Flow in HMS Lion.

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MACKAY‚ Donald Hugh‚ Vice Admiral. 15213

MACKAY‚ Donald Hugh‚ Vice Admiral.	15213	Memorandum signed by Rear Admiral Donald Hugh Mackay‚ as Commander in Chief at Cork‚ addressed to Captain William Hutcheon Hall of H.M.Steam Frigate Dragon‚ informing him of the appointment of Naval Cadet J.W.O’Grady to his ship. 6 x 8 inches‚ remains of guard. HMS Crocodile at Cork‚ [Ireland] 4 June 1849. Donald Hugh Mackay (1780-1850) entered the Royal Naval Academy in January 1792‚ and embarked in 1794 as midshipman on the Daedalus. He was made Lieutenant in 1798 into the Ariadne‚ and accompanied Sir Home Popham on his mission to destroy the Bruges locks. After various appointments and actions‚ including the fall of the Helder fortress‚ Mackay served in various ships in the Channel fleet as Commander. From 1811 to 1816 he served on the East India station‚ in the Volage‚ the Malacca and the Minden. Part of the time he was under the command of Sir Samuel Hood‚ seeing arduous service in the Eastern Archipelago and the China seas. In HMS Malacca he co-operated with a squadron under Sir George Sayer in a serious attack made in June 1813 on the pirate settlement of Sambas in the island of Borneo. HMS Crocodile was a 28-gun sixth rate launched in 1825. She was on harbour service from 1850 and was sold in 1861.

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MALTA. Rear-Admiral John Laugharne‚ Senior Officer‚ Malta 1812-13. 17392

MALTA. Rear-Admiral John Laugharne‚ Senior Officer‚ Malta 1812-13.	17392	Memorandum‚ signed by John Laugharne‚ addressed to Captain Mitford of HMS Espoir‚ instructing him to take on board supernumeraries “for passage to join their ships at Palermo”. 6 x 9 inches‚ with the address panel ‘O.H.M.Service’ also signed by Laugharne. Stained at folds‚ some dust soiling‚ torn at opening. HMS Trident at Malta‚ 7 April 1813. Interesting ship to ship postal history‚ signed twice by Rear-Admiral John Laugharne (1745-1819).

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MARTIN‚ Admiral Sir George. 14250

MARTIN‚ Admiral Sir George.	14250	Naval Order Signed‚ as Rear Admiral of the Red‚ to Robert Mitford‚ Commander of HM Sloop Espoir‚ ordering him to the rendezvous “to deliver the Letters and Dispatches with which you are hereby charged to the Commander in Chief without loss of time”. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ in good condition‚ minor tears repaired. Given on board the Canopus in Palermo Bay‚ 24 June 1810. Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Martin (1764 –1847) saw service during the American War of Independence‚ and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. During his long naval career he took part in several significant battles‚ for which he was awarded a number of honours and promotions; he commanded ships at Cape St Vincent and Cape Finisterre. In June 1809 Martin took possession of Ischia and Procida.

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MARTIN‚ Admiral Sir George. 18276

MARTIN‚ Admiral Sir George.	18276	Naval Order‚ signed by Martin as Rear Admiral of the Red‚ to Robert Mitford‚ Commander of H.M. Sloop Espoir‚ ordering him to pu himself under the command of Captain Maxwell of His Majesty’s Ship Alceste. 1 page 13 x 8 inches‚ in good condition‚ folds. Given on board the Canopus at the Island of Ischia‚ 25 July 1809. Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Martin (1764 –1847) saw service during the American War of Independence‚ and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. During his long naval career he took part in several significant battles‚ for which he was awarded a number of honours and promotions; he commanded ships at Cape St Vincent and Cape Finisterre. In June 1809 Martin took possession of Ischia and Procida.

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MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA‚ Louis‚ 1st Earl. 17610

MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA‚ Louis‚ 1st Earl.	17610	Typed Letter Signed “yours ever‚ Mountbatten of Burma”‚ two months before his assassination‚ to Professor Franklyn Johnson‚ correcting an error (”fighters” for “bombers”) in the proofs of his book‚ remarking on his own efforts to get Dennis Healey “to agree to an immediate integration of the intelligence organisation”. 1½ pages 9 x 7 inches‚ in very good condition. Broadlands‚ 22 June 1979 Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-1979)‚ Commander in Chief in South East Asia‚ Viceroy of India‚ First Sea Lord‚ later Chief of the Defence Staff. Professor Franklyn Johnson was an American expert on British defence organisation‚ author of Defence By Ministry‚ for which Mountbatten wrote a foreword. Mountbatten was assassinated on 27 August 1979. “I must say reading your book was an exciting experience for me as you‚ at last‚ have got the true story so far as I can make out of what actually happened in the reorganisation of the Ministry of Defence. The work is far from complete because after I left things came to virtually a grinding halt; at least‚ so I understand.”

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MUNDY‚ Vice-Admiral Sir George. 15849

MUNDY‚ Vice-Admiral Sir George.	15849	Naval Order Signed by Mundy as Captain of HMS Hydra‚ to Robert Mitford‚ Commander of HM Sloop Espoir‚ instructing him to take under convoy to Carthagena the transports Fearless and Mary Ann‚ “the former of them with Powder for that place‚ and the latter going thither for German Recruits”‚ with further orders. 1½ pages 11 x 7 inches‚ in good condition. On board the Hydra [Mediterranean‚ probably Gibraltar] August 1810. An uncommon signature. Admiral Sir George Mundy (1777-1861) joined the Navy at a young age and served in several of the principal actions of the French Revolutionary Wars‚ including the Battles of Cape St. Vincent and The Nile. He subsequently held a succession of frigate commands during the Napoleonic Wars and was active in the blockade of the French coast and in assisting Spanish irregular forces during the Peninsular War.

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NAPIER‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 13853

NAPIER‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	13853	Autograph Letter Signed‚ during the naval operations off the coast of Syria 1840-41‚ to Captain William Waldegrave of HMS Revenge. 1 page 9 x 5½ inches‚ with the address leaf‚ addressed ‘Honble. Capt. Waldegrave‚ Revenge’‚ folds‚ creases. Sunday‚ undated. A rare note to survive this heroic naval action. Admiral Sir Charles Napier (1786-1860) fought in the Napoleonic Wars and in the Anglo-American War of 1814. He commanded the rocket boats that bombarded Baltimore‚ providing both the ‘bombs bursting in air’ and ‘the rocket's red glare’ of Francis Scott Key's American national anthem. He saw service in Portugal (1833-34)‚ Syria (1840-41)‚ where he commanded a squadron under Sir Robert Stopford. In May 1847 he took command of the western squadron. Captain William Waldegrave commanded HMS Revenge (76 guns) at the bombardment of St. Jean d’Acre (3 November 1840). “My dear Waldegrave‚ I do not wish any harm to be done to the Volage. The information I had was that there was a quantity of flour collected for the Army which appears to have been a mistake‚ but always as you think best. Yours in haste‚ Chas. Napier.”

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NAPIER‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 13864

NAPIER‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	13864	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Fitzgerald‚ about his boys entering the Navy‚ explaining that for the youngest “it is no easy matter to get him into the Navy as it is impossible to say who may be at the Admiralty at that time ...” A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches‚ remains of corner mounts on verso. Albemarle Street‚ 27 January 1853. “I do not think there is any chance of my commanding the Channel Fleet.” Admiral Sir Charles Napier (1786-1860) fought in the Napoleonic Wars and in the Anglo-American War of 1814. He commanded the rocket boats that bombarded Baltimore‚ providing both the ‘bombs bursting in air’ and ‘the rocket's red glare’ of Francis Scott Key's American national anthem. He saw service in Portugal (1833-34)‚ Syria (1840-41)‚ where he commanded a squadron under Sir Robert Stopford. In May 1847 he took command of the western squadron.

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NAPIER‚ Captain the Hon.Charles. 6801

NAPIER‚ Captain the Hon.Charles.	6801 Letter Signed ‘Ch:Napier’‚ apparently giving some firm instructions to a lawyer or agent. 1 page 8 x 7 inches‚ old marginal repairs‚ minor defects. Undated. Captain the Hon. Charles Napier (1730-1807)‚ father of Admiral Sir Charles Napier. Napier became Lieutenant in 1754‚ Master and Commander (1758)‚ Post-Captain (1762).

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Napoleonic Wars. PENROSE‚ Vice-Admiral Sir Charles. 18146

Napoleonic Wars. PENROSE‚ Vice-Admiral Sir Charles.	18146	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Lieutenant-Colonel Howard Elphinstone‚ Royal Engineers‚ Head Quarters‚ Bordeaux‚ saying that he had visited “the scene of the investment of Bayonne”‚ sending a copy of a few lines he had written to Wellington about the zealous service of the officers of Engineers who had taken part of the expedition to the Adour‚ vexed that this was omitted from the published report of the campaign. 2 pp. 10 x 8 inches‚ with the integral address leaf (no postal marks). In good condition. Pasages [northern Spain]‚ 16 June 1814. A campaign letter by Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Vinicombe Penrose (1759-1830)‚ referring to “our joint service”‚ a naval and military joint operation during the advance into French territory. In December 1813 Penrose was appointed to command a squadron of small craft on the north coast of Spain and the coast of France‚ co-perating with the army. The service was peculiar and difficult; and the way in which the vessels under Penrose’s orders made their way into the Adour‚ and afterwards forced the passage of the Gironde‚ destroyed all the French vessels in the river‚ won for him the warm thanks of Wellington. “I have had more than one reason to regret that a little more information has not been given on some parts of our joint service about the Adour on account of the young men who were engaged on it ...”

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NAVAL COMMISSION. Commander Charles Gepp Robinson‚ 1838. 18302

NAVAL COMMISSION. Commander Charles Gepp Robinson‚ 1838.	18302	The original Admiralty Commission appointing Charles Gepp Robinson to be Commander of Her Majesty’s Sloop‚ Falcon. Signed by Admiral Sir William Parker. Vellum‚ 11 x 12 inches‚ Admiralty seal affixed‚ in good clean condition‚ folds. Admiralty‚ 28 June 1838. Vice-Admiral Charles Gepp Robinson (1805-1875) surveyed settlements in Africa‚ in operations against slave traders. From 1829 he was employed in the Surveying Department of the Navy. Admiral Sir William Parker (1781-1866) was appointed commander-in-chief in China (1841)‚ where he captured Amoy‚ Ningpo and other ports‚ bringing the Opium War to an end (1842). He was commander in chief in the Mediterranean‚ 1845-52.

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Naval Portrait. WALDEGRAVE‚ William‚ Lord Radstock‚ Admiral. 7098

Naval Portrait. WALDEGRAVE‚ William‚ Lord Radstock‚ Admiral.	7098 William‚ Lord Radstock‚ Admiral of the White. From a Painting in Water Colours by F.W.Wilkin. Engraved portrait‚ about 15 x 12 inches‚ in good condition. T.Cadell‚ London‚ 1810. William Waldegrave‚ first Baron Radstock (1753–1825)‚ naval officer‚ served in the West Indies and the Mediterranean 1769-1797‚ and became governor and commander-in-chief in Newfoundland‚ 1797-1800.

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NAVAL PRIZES. Sale of French Brig L’Heureux‚ Malta‚ 1811. 17696

NAVAL PRIZES. Sale of French Brig L’Heureux‚ Malta‚ 1811.	17696	Original Manuscript‚ signed by the Agent: “Account Sales of the Cargo of the french Brig L’Heureux‚ whereof Montfort was Master‚ captured on the 13th March 1811 by H.M. Sloops Redwing and Nautilus and condemned in the Vice Admiralty Court of Malta on the 10th April 1811 - the Vessel to stand over for a claim on behalf of a British Proprietor until 12th May 1812.” 3 pp. 12 x 8 inches‚ in good condition. Malta‚ 18 July 1811. This document‚ the final account of the sale of prize‚ itemises the cargo of the French brig: 8 sacks yellow berries; 100 hides; 1 box Ostrich feathers; 5 bales Flax; 1 bark Gum Arabic‚ etc. and gives the results of their sale at Public Auction‚ less the considerable auction charges‚ “Attendance of a Health Officer”‚ “Postage of Prize Lists to London”‚ registration‚ quarantine‚ labour‚ canvas and twine for making new bales‚ “maintenance of Prisoners during Quarantine”‚ “Duty for Greenwich Hospital”‚ brokerage‚ agency fees.

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NAVAL. Blockade of Brest‚ 1799. 18558

NAVAL. Blockade of Brest‚ 1799.	18558	Autograph Letter Signed by Alexander McAdams‚ serving on board HMS Royal Sovereign‚ to Thomas McLelland in Ayr‚ referring to his recent service blockading the French fleet in Brest‚ mentioning allied victories over Bonaparte and “our brave hero Sir Sidney Smith in Egypt”. 2 pp. 11 x 7 inches‚ neatly written‚ in fine condition. Sent at the concession rate of 1d.‚ with the London Paid datestamp (only in use July to December 1799). Countersigned by an officer: “Lt. Maserell‚ R Sovereign”. Torbay‚ 6 October 1799. “... I am just now arrived here from blockading up the Combined fleets in the harbour of Brest‚ where we have been almost these four months past‚ they consisting of Sixty five Sail of the Line. We are in Daily expectation of them coming out which occasions us for to be always out at Sea... ...You have doubtless heard of the Surrender of the Dutch fleet at the Texel & the victory gained over Bounaparte‚ By our brave hero Sir Sidney Smith in Egypt. Which like Victorys I hope will soon put a conclusion to the war...”

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NAVAL. Captain Robert Forkington‚ Royal Marines‚ Cadiz 1799. 18563

NAVAL. Captain Robert Forkington‚ Royal Marines‚ Cadiz 1799.	18563	Autograph Campaign Letter Signed‚ to Charles Cox‚ Agent of Marines‚ London‚ during the Blockade of Cadiz‚requesting him to honor a Draft‚ giving news of the progress of the fleet‚ wishing “for a Speedy and honorable Peace”. 2 pp. 10 x 8 inches‚ in fine condition‚ with the address leaf (Foreign Office handstamp‚ probably carried on the Lisbon to Falmouth packet service). H.M.Ship Northumberland off Cadiz‚ 1 January 1799. HMS Northumberland (74 Guns) was launched on 2 February 1798. She served in the Egyptian Campaign where Captain Robert Forkington was wounded (13 March 1801). The Northumberland carried Napoleon into captivity on St. Helena in 1815. “I have a pleasant Ship and she has proved a remarkably fine sailer. Sir Roger Curtis having gone through the Straits some days since with the rest of the Fleet‚ the Edgar and ourselves are blocking up the Port of Cadiz‚ and 21 Sail of the Line. This wears a very daring appearance‚ but as we understand the Spaniards are very pacifically disposed towards us we claim no great merit from it‚ nor feel ourselves under any apprehensions.”

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NAVAL. Memorandum for Vice Admiral Duckworth‚ Martinique‚ 1801. 12027

NAVAL. Memorandum for Vice Admiral Duckworth‚ Martinique‚ 1801.	12027	Letter Signed by three Naval Commissioners‚ Sir John Henslow (Surveyor of the Navy)‚ Captain Harry Harmood‚ and William Palmer‚ to Vice Admiral Duckworth at Martinique‚ informing him that the ship Lord Hood had been engaged to take nearly 400 tons of stores to Antigua. 1 page 13 x 8 inches‚ in clean condition‚ minor tears to right edge. Navy Office [London]‚ 2 May 1801. Sirr John Henslow (1730-1815) was Surveyor to the Navy‚ a post he held jointly or solely from 1784 to 1806. Harry Harmood was commissioned lieutenant in February 1759‚ being first noted as second lieutenant of the 'Aquilon' that year‚ first of the 'Arethusa' in 1771 and third of the 'Eagle' in 1776. As a commander from February 1777 he commanded the 'Falcon' 16-gun sloop‚ which was the smallest of seven British warships burnt in Narragansett Bay in 1778‚ during the American War. He was promoted captain from October 1778 in the 'Conqueror'‚ 74-guns and in this ship was flag-captain to Rear-Admiral Hyde Parker in Byron's unsuccessful attempt to prevent the French taking Grenada in the West indies in July 1779. In 1793 he became an Extra Commissioner of the Admiralty and in 1796 Commissioner of Sheerness Dockyard. He moved to Chatham as Dockyard Commissioner‚ 1801-1806.

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NAVAL. Naval Stores at Deptford‚ 1708. 18255

NAVAL. Naval Stores at Deptford‚ 1708.	18255	Letter Signed twice by William Hosier [to the Commissioners of the Navy]‚ setting out in detail the stores‚ as requested by the Navy Board to be sent forthwith to Lisbon‚ which are still “wanting” at Deptford‚ mostly cables and hawsers of different lengths. 2 pp. 11 x 7 inches‚ with the conjugal address leaf trimmed away‚ light toning‚ generally in good condition. Deptford‚ 23 October 1708. William Hosier (d.1717)‚ Keeper of His Majesty’s Stores at Deptford.

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NAVAL. Thomas Peckston‚ Purser‚ Volontaire‚ 1812. 18564

NAVAL. Thomas Peckston‚ Purser‚ Volontaire‚ 1812.	18564	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to his wife‚ Mrs. Peckston‚ 95 Castle Street‚ Mahon‚ about the arrival of The Scout‚ the dispatch of an earlier letter‚ expressing his concern and love for her‚ incorporating a three stanza poem to her. 3 pp. 11 x 7 inches‚ in good condition but centrefold almost separated. With a Portsmouth Dock Ship Letter mark‚ and a very fine oval ‘Return’d for Postage’ marking‚ indicating that mail to Mahon had to be prepaid. Endorsed “To the care of L.Hargrave Esq.‚ Consul General”. Volontaire‚ off Marseilles‚ 7 September 1812. An attractive maritime postal history item. The Peckston papers are in the Royal Naval Museum‚ Portsmouth. “The Scout has joined and is going to the Fleet. I have just time to tell you that I sent you a long Letter by our Prize that left us on the 5th by my old messmate Mr. Manico ...” The Volontaire Frigate (40 guns) was a British ship captured from the French in 1806.

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NAVAL. William Francis Bond‚ Midshipman‚ HMS Windsor Castle 1808. 18562

NAVAL. William Francis Bond‚ Midshipman‚ HMS Windsor Castle 1808.	18562	Autograph Campaign Letter Signed by William Francis Bond‚ serving with the naval force at Cadiz‚ to his uncle‚ Captain Bond‚ Seafencibles at Teignmouth‚ describing in detail the negotiations between the Spanish and British admirals‚ the efforts of diplomats‚ the arrival of troops from Gibraltar‚ the turmoil in Cadiz‚ the expectation of the surrender of the French fleet‚ mentioning his previous service under Captain Boyles‚ and much else. 4 pp. 10 x 8 inches‚ nicely written and in very good condition‚ torn at seal opening‚ address panel (brought to Plymouth with the official naval mail; verso has a Plymouth Dock 220 mileage mark). Windsor Castle‚ off Cadiz‚ 9 June 1808. Young William Francis Bond makes a mature assessment of the naval and military efforts to encourage the Spaniards to rise against the French invaders: “... little doubt can be entertained of its being particularly favourable‚ several of our ships being within half Gunshot of their Grand Batteries‚ and several Thousand Spaniards waiting on the Beach‚ as we on the following morning learnt‚ to receive the English Army as Friends. Boats from the Town are now permitted to take any refreshments to our Fleet and Army. The Spanish Rear Admiral McDonald who has acceded to all the Articles of the Treaty but one which it is conjectured he will shortly comply with that of delivering up the French Ships of War to us consisting of five sail of the Line and one Frigate ...”

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NELSON‚ Horatio. 18461

NELSON‚ Horatio.	18461	Autograph Letter Signed ‘your most obliged Nelson & Bronte’ with his left hand‚ to Richard Creed‚ the naval agent‚ informing him that he has signed papers allowing Mr Fellows to take "your report as to the correctness of Lord Hoods order and I have given a testimony of Mr Fellows' conduct‚ which I hope may be as useful as I am sure it is true"‚ also thanking Creed for complimenting his conduct in the affair. 1 page‚ about 9 x 7 inches‚ in fine clean condition‚ traces of corner mounts on verso. HMS Medusa at Sea‚ 26 August 1801. On his return from the Baltic campaign‚ Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)‚ as Vice-Admiral‚ transferred his flag on 4 August 1801 to HMS Medusa (Captain Gore) and launched an exploratory attack on the French flotilla in Boulogne harbour. On 25 August Nelson in the Medusa arrived at the mouth of the West Scheldt‚ to investigate the defences at Flushing. He returned to Deal on 27 August. Richard Creed was a partner in Marsh & Creed‚ bankers and navy agents. Although the firm had care of Nelson's finances‚ this letter relates to the money troubles of Thomas Fellowes‚ who had been Nelson's purser on the Agamemnon in the early 1790s‚ and had had difficulty with the navy board over his accounts from HMS Superb when the ship was in the Mediterranean. Nelson was wholeheartedly supportive of Fellowes in this dispute. On 26 November 1801 he wrote to St Vincent asking him to give Fellowes a Clerkship at Chatham: "The inquiries I have made of his Agents‚ and my own opportunity of observation‚ while he was under my command‚ leave not a shadow of doubt upon my mind but that the pecuniary embarrassments which are the source of this distress‚ are not the result of any extravagance or misconduct in the discharge of his duty; and indeed‚ speaking from my own knowledge‚ I can safely say that Mr. Fellowes is a man of strictly honest principles" (The Dispatches and Letters‚ IV‚ p.531). This letter is apparently unpublished.

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OAKE‚ Josiah‚ Captain R.N. 14254

OAKE‚ Josiah‚ Captain R.N.	14254 Manuscript Receipt for Muster Books in a number of Boxes bound for England‚ received from Robert Mitford‚ Commander of HM Sloop Espoir‚ signed by Oakes‚ then Master Commander of HM S.S. Cormorant. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ in good condition. HM Store Ship Cormorant [Mediterranean]‚ September 1812. Captain Josiah Oake entered the Navy in 1806‚ witnessed the capture of Monte Video‚ and served in a number of ships on the Baltic‚ Lisbon‚ Mediterranean‚ and West India stations during the Napoleonic Wars. Later in his career he commanded the Ferret (6 guns) on the coast of Africa (1841-45)‚ with the task of capturing slaver vessels.

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OTWAY‚ Admiral William Albany. 17038

OTWAY‚ Admiral William Albany.	17038	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Captain Farrington‚ HMS Clio‚ surprised that “not one of my ci-devant flock was included in the late extensive promotion”‚ offering the use of his name in any claim for advancement‚ sure that there must be another general promotion. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ with address panel‚ in good condition. Bath‚ 26 September 1814. Uncommon. Admiral William Albany Otway (1756-1815). In the 1770’s Otway served in the Lark frigate‚ Capt. Rd. Smith‚ on the American station. He was appointed to the command of the Goat Island battery‚ for the defence of the town and harbour of Newport; and for his meritorious conduct on this service‚ was honoured with the thanks of Lord Howe. He was present in different actions fought with Count de Grasse; was made post December 1‚ 1787; and in 1788 appointed to command the Pegasus on the Newfoundland Station. He commanded the Ganges in the battle of Copenhagen. In 1809 he was second in command on board the Caesar‚ under Sir Rd. J. Strachan‚ on the Scheldt expedition.

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Peninsular War. MARTIN‚ Admiral Sir George. 15848

Peninsular War. MARTIN‚ Admiral Sir George.	15848 Letter Signed by Martin‚ as Vice Admiral in command of the Lisbon station‚ to Captain Robert Mitford of HMS Minstrel‚ acknowledging the fact that due to the strong NNW wind Mitford has had to anchor in the Tagus‚ ordering that “the moment it is moderate‚ you will put to Sea in His Majesty’s Ship under your Command in the execution of your Orders.” 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ fine‚ integral blank. HMS Stately in the Tagus‚ 14 July 1813. Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Martin (1764 –1847) saw service during the American War of Independence‚ and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. During his long naval career he took part in several significant battles‚ for which he was awarded a number of honours and promotions; he commanded ships at Cape St Vincent and Cape Finisterre. In June 1809 Martin took possession of Ischia and Procida.

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PENROSE‚ Vice-Admiral Sir Charles. 13761

PENROSE‚ Vice-Admiral Sir Charles.	13761	Original Naval Order Signed‚ addressed to Robert Mitford‚ Captain of HM Sloop Espoir‚ ordering him to take a number of named Transports under his protection‚ and to proceed as speedily as possible to Malta. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ lightly faded‚ but legible. Given on board the San Juan‚ Gibraltar‚ 1 October 1811. Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Vinicombe Penrose (1759 – 1830) became Commander-in-Chief‚ Mediterranean Fleet. Penrose joined the Royal Navy in 1775. He took part in the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1781 and the capture of Martinique in 1793. In 1794 he became Commander in HMS Lynx. He later commanded HMS Cleopatra‚ HMS Resolution‚ HMS Sans Pareil and HMS Carnatic. During 1813 he commanded a small squadron operating off northern Spain and south-western France with his flag in HMS Porcupine. He coordinated naval support for the crossing of the Adour River in early 1814 that allowed the Anglo-Portuguese Army to isolate and invest Bayonne. He went on to be become Commander-in-Chief‚ Mediterranean Fleet in Autumn 1814.

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PORTER‚ David Dixon‚ Admiral. 18221

PORTER‚ David Dixon‚ Admiral.	18221	His autograph signature ‘David D.Porter‚ Admiral’. On paper 3 x 5 inches‚ mounted at corners on part of an old album page. In good condition. Undated. Admiral David Dixon Porter (1813 –1891)‚ United States Navy admiral. Promoted as the second U.S. Navy officer ever to attain the rank of admiral‚ after his adoptive brother David G. Farragut‚ Porter helped improve the Navy as the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy after significant service in the American Civil War.

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PURVIS‚ Admiral John Child. 16562

PURVIS‚ Admiral John Child.	16562	An original manuscript Naval Order‚ signed by Purvis as Senior Officer at Cadiz‚ to Captain Robert Mitford of HM Armed Defence Ship Duchess of Bedford‚ instructing him to proceed to Tangier Bay‚ wait ten days after the sailing of the Lord Eldon with cattle for the fleet‚ and then to bring back to Cadiz “the usual number of good conditioned live Bullocks”. Countersigned by his secretary‚ George Hayward. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ heavy horizontal folds‚ otherwise in good clean condition. Given on board the Atlas off Cadiz‚ 4 October 1807. Admiral John Child Purvis (1746-1825) was a contemporary naval officer of Nelson. His ability as a fighting commander was proved in a bloody duel between his sloop-of-war and a French corvette during the War of American Independence. As a battleship Captain‚ he was the first British officer to confront Napoleon Bonaparte‚ muzzle to muzzle‚ during the Siege of Toulon. Commanding the Princess Royal and then the London‚ he was involved in much action in the Mediterranean and served under the legendary Sir John Jervis (later Lord St. Vincent). Later‚ as a Flag Officer‚ he rejoined the Mediterranean Fleet first as second-in-command and then as Commander-in-Chief. The culmination of his long and distinguished career at sea was saving the Spanish fleet in Cadiz from capture by the French and preparing the city for siege. [Synopsis of: Admiral of the Blue: The Life and Times of Admiral John Child Purvis]

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RODDAM‚ Robert‚ Admiral. 11425

RODDAM‚ Robert‚ Admiral.	11425	Manuscript Order‚ signed ‘R.Roddam’‚ to Henry d’Esterre Darby‚ Captain of His Majesty’s Ship Cyclades‚ instructing him that in the event of the loss of “any of the Anchors & Cables” belonging to his ship‚ the bearings and distance are to be communicated to Commissioner Proby at Chatham‚ and the Clerk of the Cheque at Sheerness‚ “in order to their being more easily found again”. Countersigned by his secretary. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ slightly toned‚ in good clean condition‚ horizontal folds. At the Nore‚ 25 October 1782. Admiral Robert Roddam (1719-1808) entered the Navy in 1735 and was present during the attack on Cartagena in 1741. He served in the West Indies and at New York‚ and rose to be commander in chief at the Nore in 1778. Henry D’Esterre Darby (d.1823) commanded the Bellerophon at the Battle of the Nile (1 August 1798).

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ROSENHAGEN‚ Philip‚ Captain R.N. 15858

ROSENHAGEN‚ Philip‚ Captain R.N.	15858	Autograph Naval Order‚ signed by Rosenhagen as Captain of HMS Resistance‚ to Captain Mitford of HM Sloop Espoir‚ ordering him to proceed “without a moments loss of time” to Port Mahon to ascertain whether the Commander in Chief is there‚ and‚ if so‚ to deliver dispatches. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ minor defects and tears only‚ in clean condition. On board HMS Resistance at Cagliari‚ 16 December 1811. Captain Philip Lewis Rosenhagen (died 1813). If the Commander in Chief is at Port Mahon “you will go in and deliver the accompanying dispatches‚ but if on the contrary you should find the fleet to be at sea‚ you will‚ without communicating with the harbour‚ further than to know where you may find the Admiral (which you will do by Telegraph from the Signal Post) go in quest of him according to the information you receive. Should you be not otherwise directed by the Commander in Chief‚ you will return to this place‚ where you will find Captain Dundas or directions from him for your further proceedings.”

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SANTO DOMINGO. British Expeditionary Force 1796. 13021

SANTO DOMINGO. British Expeditionary Force 1796.	13021 Letter Signed by A.W.Farbier[?]‚ surgeon‚ to Sir John Thomas Duckworth‚ Commodore and Commander in Chief‚ representing to him the case of “Mr Jerdan‚ Surgeons Mate of His Majesty’s Ship Dictator”‚ requesting the issue of “an Order” so that he can have medical assistance. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ folds‚ in good condition‚ with with a blank piece torn from the lower right corner‚ and a small blank piece torn from the lower left corner. Docketed on receipt. Naval Hospital‚ Mole St. Nicholas‚ 28 July 1796. Documents from this disastrous attempt to hold Santo Domingo are uncommon. During the five years of British occupation not less than 20‚000 men were lost from disease alone.

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SCOTT‚ Edward Hinton‚ Captain R.N. 14251

SCOTT‚ Edward Hinton‚ Captain R.N.	14251	Manuscript Receipt‚ signed ‘Edwd. H.Scott’ as Lieutenant‚ akncowledging receipt of a Box said to contain the annual accounts of Captain Robert Mitford of HM Sloop Espoir‚ promising to direct them to London on Scott’s arrival at Malta. 6 x 8 inches‚ in good condition. HMS Orlando‚ in Ausa Bay [the bay of Naoussa (Naussa) or Agoussa]‚ the Island of Paros [Aegean Sea]‚ 29 October 1812. The uncommon signature of Captain Edward Hinton Scott (born c.1789)‚ who received the thanks of the Royal Humane Society for jumping from the Orlando to save the lives of four persons. Scott had an adventurous career throughout the Napoleonic Wars‚ particularly under Captain John Clavell on the Home‚ Mediterranean and East India stations. While in the Orlando he saw action in the Adriatic and the Chesapeake. He commanded her boats in skirmishes with the Malay proas in the Straits of Sunda and Malacca.

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SEYMOUR‚ Beauchamp‚ Admiral. 16790

SEYMOUR‚ Beauchamp‚ Admiral.	16790 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to “My dear Charley” (Lord Charles Beresford) about a committee‚ making arrangements to meet. 2½ pages 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 3 Savile Row‚ undated. Admiral Frederick Beauchamp Paget Seymour‚ 1st Baron Alcester (1821 – 1895)‚ Commander-in-Chief of the Channel Fleet between 1874 and 1877 and of the Mediterranean Fleet between 1880 and 1883. Seymour entered the Royal Navy in 1834‚ and served in the Mediterranean and the Pacific‚ and was for three years aide-de-camp to his uncle Sir George Seymour‚ and was promoted to Commander in 1847. He also served in Burma. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Australia Station from 10 March 1860 and 21 July 1862 as Commodore second class with his pennant aboard Pelorus. He commanded the Naval Brigade in New Zealand during the Maori Wars of 1860-61.

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SHARPE‚ Rear-Admiral Alexander Renton. 13270

SHARPE‚ Rear-Admiral Alexander Renton.	13270 A brief manuscript “Account of Specie Shiped on board His Majesty’s Ship Hyacinth” at Gibraltar and Alicante‚ signed by Sharpe as Captain. 1 page 7 x 8 inches‚ in good condition. May 1814. Rear-Admiral Alexander Renton Sharpe (1785-1860) had an adventurous career during the Napoleonic Wars‚ including the blockade of San Domingo (1803-04)‚ the naval action near Corfu in March 1809‚ and the destruction of French store-ships in Sagone Bay‚ Corsica‚ in May 1811. From December 1812 to September 1818 Sharpe commanded HMS Hyacinth (24 guns) in the Mediterranean‚ North Sea‚ Channel and South America.

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SHARPE‚ Rear-Admiral Alexander Renton. 13361

SHARPE‚ Rear-Admiral Alexander Renton.	13361	Letter Signed‚ as Captain of HM Sloop Scout‚ to Captain Robert Mitford‚ requesting a Survey of the Scout‚ on the appointment of a new Purser. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ in good clean condition. His Majesty’s Sloop Scout‚ Palmas Bay‚ 16 May 1811. Signed two weeks after a significant naval action. Rear-Admiral Alexander Renton Sharpe (1785-1860) had an adventurous career during the Napoleonic Wars‚ including the blockade of San Domingo (1803-04)‚ the naval action near Corfu in March 1809‚ and the destruction of French store-ships in Sagone Bay‚ Corsica‚ in May 1811. From December 1812 to September 1818 Sharpe commanded HMS Hyacinth (24 guns) in the Mediterranean‚ North Sea‚ Channel and South America. On 1 May 1811‚ Sharpe in the Scout‚ along with HMS Pomone and Unite‚ destroyed the French store-ships‚ Giraffe and Nourice‚ (each mounting from 20 to 30 guns‚ and protected by a battery‚ a martello tower‚ and 200 regular troops) in Sagone Bay‚ Corsica.

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SHIRLEY‚ Thomas‚ Captain R.N. 18380

SHIRLEY‚ Thomas‚ Captain R.N.	18380	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Thos: Shirley’‚ addressed “My Dear Lord” [probably Lord Townshend]‚ hoping to be on the list for promotion to Colonel of Marines‚ citing his long service‚ dwelling on his family connections‚ and shamelessly offering “to strengthen your Lordships intrest in Derbyshire and Staffordshire very considerably”. 4 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ central fold split‚ in good clean condition. London‚ 15 March 1769. A good example for the ruthless search for patronage in the Navy. Thomas Shirley (1733-1814) R.N.‚ Lieutenant 1755‚ Commander 1759‚ Captain 1759. His brother was Rear-Admiral Lord Washington Shirley (5th Earl Ferrers).

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SMITH‚ Admiral Sir Sidney. 10254

SMITH‚ Admiral Sir Sidney.	10254	Autograph Letter Signed ‘W.Sidney Smith’‚ addressed ‘Dear Sir’‚ asking him to pay for “the hire of the boat house”‚ and hoping to visit Dover: “Should the weather become settled I shall run down with Lady Smith.” 1 page 10 x 7½ inches‚ one old repair‚ one tear with slight loss along the left margin. 5 Cleveland Row‚ 10 December 1810. Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith (1764-1840)‚ hero of Acre (1799).

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SMITH‚ Admiral Sir Sidney. 16269

SMITH‚ Admiral Sir Sidney.	16269 Autograph Letter Signed with initials WSS‚ to Mrs. D [?]‚ forwarding the news that her pension had been settled‚ with an enclosure (not present) from Lord Melville’s private secretary‚ “who wishes to make a merit for his patron of this concession in the ordinary course of business not as you know originating in that office ...” Together with a separate signature “Yours afftly‚ W. Sidney Smith” taken from a different letter. 2 pp. 9 x 7½ inches‚ light staining and other blemishes. Dropmore‚ Lord Grenville’s‚ 29 April 1805. Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith (1764-1840)‚ hero of Acre (1799). Annotations on the letter record the family connection between Sidney Smith and the Grenvilles.

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ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl. 13011

ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl.	13011	An early Autograph Letter Signed ‘Jervis’‚ asking his correspondent for information about “Houses of Industry”. 1 page 9 x 7½ inches‚ in good condition‚ a few minor blemishes only. South Weald near Brentwood‚ 13 April [1784 in a later hand‚ in pencil]. Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823). “May I trouble you when you have a moments leisure‚ to send me the best information you can obtain‚ touching the regulations of your Houses of Industry‚ how they succeed and in what proportion the poor Rates are reduc’d by them.”

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ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl. 15586

ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl.	15586	Letter Signed ‘St. Vincent’ to “The respective Officers of the Ordnance at Gibraltar”‚ about their accounts “which you describe to be of great importance” which were to be sent home by HM Storeship Gorgon‚ informing them of the alternative presented by “several Ships of superior force (some of them not likely to be mbarrassed with Convoy) are soon expected here on their way to England‚ and may arrive before the Gorgon”. 1 page 13 x 8 inches‚ in fine condition‚ integral blank leaf. HMS Le Souverain‚ Gibraltar‚ 18 April 1799. Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823) signs as commander of the Mediterranean Fleet. Between 1797 and 1799 Jervis set himself the task of improving the dockyards and defences of Gibraltar including building a new Victualling Yard and Water Tanks to replenish his ships. After the Battle of the Nile the dockyards‚ under Jervis' watchful eye‚ managed to successfully repair most of the fleet. He relinquished the command in June 1799.

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ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl. 16880

ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl.	16880 Autograph Letter Signed ‘St. Vincent’‚ to “My Dear Lord” [Admiral Lord Keith]‚ saying that he had left “a Portrait of my late worthy friend Sir Basil Keith” to Lord Keith in his wll‚ but‚ being about to sell his house in Mortimer Street‚ he is making arrangements for the portrait to be sent to 45 Harley Street. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ one hole affecting a couple of letters only‚ otherwise good. Docketed on verso by Lord Keith: “Earl St Vincent 1816.” Rocketts‚ 4 February 1816. Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823). “The likeness is good and painted by Dance‚ who died [as] Sir Nathaniel Holland.”

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ST. VINCENT‚ John Jervis‚ Earl. 17256

ST. VINCENT‚ John Jervis‚ Earl.	17256	Original Signature as Jervis‚ taken from a naval document‚ on board his flagship HMS Victory at Corsica. 2 x 5 inches‚ laid down. “Given on board the Victory‚ San Fiorenzo Bay the 11th October 1796.” Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823). In his flagship HMS Victory‚ Jervis fought the battle of Cape St. Vincent‚ 14 February 1797. Jervis had left Toulon on 8 October‚ and arrived at San Fiorenzo Bay [Corsica] on 10 October 1796.

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STEWART‚ Captain John. 16157

STEWART‚ Captain John.	16157 Naval Memorandum‚ entirely autograph and signed by Stewart as Captain of H.M. Ship Seahorse‚ to Captain Mitford of H.M. Brig L’Espoir‚ instructing him to complete his ship’s water and other provisions‚ and to join Rear Admiral Martin at Milazzo. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ folds‚ three small holes‚ some water stains. H.M. Ship Seahorse‚ Palermo‚ 14 June 1810. The naval exploits of Captain John Stewart R.N. (1774-1811) of HMS Seahorse were utilised by Patrick O’Brien in his Aubrey-Maturin series. There is a Memorial to Stewart in Westminster Abbey. The Memorial records Stewart’s daring action in the Seahorse against a Turkish squadron in the Mediterranean.

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THORNBROUGH‚ Commander Edward. 6596

THORNBROUGH‚ Commander Edward.	6596 Autograph Letter Signed‚ saying he intends coming to London as soon as he can to sort out matters relating to the estate of the late Mrs.Jennings and other financial matters‚ and announcing that he has received “a Commission appointing me First Lieut of the Temerara”. 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ integral blank leaf‚ fine. 29 November 1767. Master & Commander Edward Thornbrough (d. 1784)‚ then First Lieutenant on HMS Temeraire. He was later First Lieutenant of H.M.S.Captain (64 guns)‚ flagship of Rear-Admiral John Montagu‚ and sailed for North America in June 1771 He was first commissioned Lieutenant in 1744 and Master & Commander in 1774‚ when he was appointed to HMS Tamar‚ Sloop (16)‚ then on station in North America. He was the father of Admiral Sir Edward Thornbrough (1754-1834).

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WHITE‚ Vice Admiral Sir John Chambers. 16682

WHITE‚ Vice Admiral Sir John Chambers.	16682 His Last Will and Testament (1845)‚ signed by White and witnessed‚ together with an autograph draft Memorandum of Services signed JCW (1817) . 3 pp. 12 x 8 inches‚ in good condition. 27 February 1845. Vice Admiral Sir John Chambers White‚ (1770–1845) was a prominent British Royal Navy officer of the early nineteenth century‚ who participated in a number of engagements during the Napoleonic Wars. He achieved most of his fame in the late 1790s as the commander of HMS Sylph‚ a small brig operating in Northern European waters. White was able to capture a number of equivalent French‚ Spanish and Dutch vessels and on one occasion was instrumental in the destruction of a much larger French frigate by a British squadron. In 1798 he was with the squadron that discovered the French invasion attempt on Ireland and acted as a messenger in the campaign to destroy the invasion force that ended at the Battle of Tory Island. He was later flag captain for Sir John Borlase Warren and participated at the Action of 13 March 1806 and the destruction of the Regulus in 1814.

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