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ADAM‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 13046

ADAM‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	13046	Manuscript Order Signed‚ as Captain of HMS Resistance and Senior Officer on the Coast of Sicily‚ to Captain Robert Mitford of HM Sloop Espoir‚ “Pursuant to orders from Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood” instructing Mitford to put himself under Adam’s command. 1 page 12½ x 8 inches‚ folds‚ some light water stains only. HMS Resistance‚ Palermo‚ 19 October 1809. Admiral Sir Charles Adam (1780-1853)‚ nephew of Admiral Lord Keith. In June 1799 Adam was made captain‚ and appointed to the frigate Sybille‚ in which‚ on 19 August 1801‚ in difficult circumstances and with intricate navigation‚ he captured the French frigate Chiffonne in Mahé roads‚ in the Seychelles. He was appointed in May 1803 to command the Chiffonne‚ and served in her under Lord Keith in the North Sea‚ taking part in the blockade of Boulogne and the north coast of France through the summer of 1805. In 1811–13 he commanded the Invincible (74 guns) in operations on the coast of Spain.

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ADAM‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 7290

ADAM‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	7290	Autograph Letter Signed‚ as Captain of La Chiffonne‚ stating that his demand for water ten days ago from the Irresistible has not yet been complied with. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ folds‚ small thin in upper margin‚ filing hole. La Chiffonne‚ Sheerness‚ 16 January 1805. Admiral Sir Charles Adam (1780-1853)‚ nephew of Admiral Lord Keith. In June 1799 Adam was made captain‚ and appointed to the frigate Sybille‚ in which‚ on 19 August 1801‚ in difficult circumstances and with intricate navigation‚ he captured the French frigate Chiffonne in Mahé roads‚ in the Seychelles. He was appointed in May 1803 to command the Chiffonne‚ and served in her under Lord Keith in the North Sea‚ taking part in the blockade of Boulogne and the north coast of France through the summer of 1805. In 1811–13 he commanded the Invincible (74 guns) in operations on the coast of Spain. “One lighter was obliged to be sent away as the Butts to stow the hold were not received. I stated to you when I was on board that we could not coil the cables till a certain quantity of water was on boad & a suffficient quantity is not yet come...”

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ADMIRALTY ORDER for the conveyance of Public Monies‚ 1807. 14007

ADMIRALTY ORDER for the conveyance of Public Monies‚ 1807.	14007	Printed Admiralty Order in Council‚ signed by three Commissioners‚ Sir Harry Burrard Neale‚ Lord William Russell and William Frankland‚ to the respective Captains‚ and Commander of His Majesty’s Ships and Vessels‚ about the Freight of Public Monies conveyed on board His Majesty’s Ships‚ allowing a one per cent allowance to Officers entrusted with public money‚ “for the whole passage of the money‚ from its first Embarkation‚ to its arrival at the Place of its destination”. 1 page 12½ x 8 inches‚ integral blank leat‚ in good condition. Admiralty‚ 28 March 1807. Careful instructions to motivate naval officers in the transport of public treasure. Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale (1765-1840) was at the capture of Charlestown in April 1780. He served throughout the Napoleonic Wars‚ and was commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean from 1823 to 1826. Lord William Russell (1767-1840)‚ Whig politician murdered in his sleep by his valet.

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ADMIRALTY. Victualling Office‚ 1806. 10575

ADMIRALTY. Victualling Office‚ 1806.	10575	Letter Signed by John Marsh‚ Chairman of the Commissioners of Victualling‚ and by three Commissioners‚ George Henry Towry‚ William Boscawen‚ R.J.Moody‚ to the Paymasters General‚ requesting a list of Regimental Agents. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ folds‚ in good condition. Victualling Office‚ 14 June 1806. Captain George Henry Towry (1767-1809) served in H.M.S. Victory (1793-94)‚ commanded H.M.S. Dido in the successful action of 24 June 1795 when the Minerve was captured. Later appointments included H.M.S. Diadem under the orders of Commodore Nelson. William Boscawen (1752-1811)‚ author‚ translator of the classics‚ nephew of Admiral Edward Boscawen‚ was made a Commissioner of the Victualling Office in 1785.

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ANSON‚ Admiral George. 14905

ANSON‚ Admiral George.	14905 An original Naval Commission (with defects)‚ signed by Admiral Lord Anson and two other Lords of the Admiralty‚ Welbore Ellis and William Viscount Duncannon‚ appointing Lieutenant Robert Morgan to be Lieutenant of His Majesty’s Ship the Winchilsea. Vellum 10 x 12 inches‚ piece neatly cut away from lower edge‚ one of two Treasury stamps excised‚ without the Admiralty seal‚ some light dust soiling‚ otherwise in reasonable condition. Admiralty‚ 16 January 1752. An uncommon naval signature. George Anson (1697-1762) circumnavigated the world (1740-44). He was First Lord of the Admiralty 1751-56 and 1757-62.

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BARROW‚ Sir John. 13947

BARROW‚ Sir John.	13947 Letter Signed‚ to James Mayning‚ Boatswain‚ HMS Mermaid‚ Chatham‚ appointing him Boatswain‚ HMS Curacoa. Partly printed‚ completed in manuscript. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ horizontal folds. Admiralty Office‚ 12 April 1831. Sir John Barrow (1764-1848)‚ explorer and secretary to the Admiralty. Barrow published among other works: Travels in China (1804); Travels into the Interior of South Africa (1801-1804); Lives of Lord Macartney (1807)‚ Lord Anson (1839)‚ Lord Howe (1838); The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty: (1831) Its Cause and Consequences.

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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. 13097

BICKERTON‚ Admiral Sir Richard.	13097	Letter Signed‚ as Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth‚ to Captain Robert Mitford (of HMS Minstrel)‚ informing him that the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have agreed to allow him a month’s absence. 1 page 9 x 7½ inches‚ with the integral address leaf (On His Majesty’s Service‚ with Portsmouth postmark)‚ address leaf torn when opened‚ otherwise in good clean condition. HMS Medway‚ Spithead‚ 28 August 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. 13760

BOYLES‚ Vice-Admiral Charles.	13760	Manuscript Naval Order Signed‚ to Robert Mitford‚ Commander of HMS Espoir‚ instructing him to proceed to the Bay of Palma in the Island of Sardinia “where has been wrecked the Christian Transport”‚ and to save the stores and provisions. Countersigned by Samuel Crowley. 2 pp. 12 x 8 inches‚ some light toning and staining only‚ legible and in clean condition. Given on board the Canopus‚ Palermo Bay‚ 6 May 1811. Vice-Admiral Charles Boyles (1756-1816) became a lieutenant in 1777 and a captain in 1790. During the French wars he served in the West Indies‚ the Channel and the Mediterranean. He became a rear-admiral in 1809 and from 1810 to 1812 served in the Mediterranean. He became a vice-admiral in 1814. The Canopus became the flagship of Rear-Admiral George Martin in 1808. Canopus was attached to the Mediterranean Fleet under Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood and in October 1809 was part of the fleet that gave chase to a French convoy and their escorts under Rear-Admiral François Baudin in the Gulf of Lyons.The French were chased into the mouth of the Rhone‚ where the 80-gun Robuste and the 74-gun Lion were driven aground‚ and after attempts to salvage them had failed‚ the French were forced to burn them. Canopus became the flagship of Rear-Admiral Charles Boyles between 1811 and 1812.

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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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CLIFFORD‚ Admiral Sir Augustus William James. 13357

CLIFFORD‚ Admiral Sir Augustus William James.	13357 Autograph Letter Signed‚ about the contents of a parcel entrusted to him at Gibraltar‚ discussing his arrival back in England. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. HMS Euryalus [April 1825 in another hand]. Admiral Sir Augustus William James Clifford (1788-1877)‚ the illegitimate son of the fifth Duke of Devonshire and Elizabeth Foster‚ entered the Navy as a midshipman in 1800. He served at the capture of St.Lucia and Tobago in 1803‚ in Egypt in 1807‚ and in the operations on the coast of Italy in 1811-1812. “We have horrid weather to-day and are landing Invalids‚ transferring Mids to other Ships‚ but I shall be off tomorrow.”

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CORRY‚ Armar Lowry‚ Rear-Admiral. 12163

CORRY‚ Armar Lowry‚ Rear-Admiral.	12163	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Augustus Butler‚ sending a certificate of service‚ with an additional note “embodying my opinion of you‚ during the period you were under my Command”. 1 page 6 x 4 inches‚ pinhole‚ light creasing‚ otherwise good. H.M.S. Superb‚ Devonport‚ 1 January 1845. Rear Admiral Armar Lowry Corry (1793-1855) entered the Royal Navy on 1 August 1805‚ became a Lieutenant on 28 April 1812‚ a Commander on 13 June 1815‚ and Captain on 23 July 1821. From 1835 to 1839 he was captain of HMS Barham on the coast of Spain and in 1844-45 served in the Channel Squadron as Captain of HMS Superb.Promoted to Rear-Admiral on 8 March 1852‚ he was employed "in command of the Western Squadron" until 1853. He commanded the Channel Squadron from 24 May that year until February 1854‚ flying his flag in HMS Prince Regent. He was then assigned as second-in-command to Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Napier‚ who was to command the British fleet in the Baltic. While Napier left for the Baltic with the steam ships of the line‚ Corry‚ flying his flag in HMS Neptune‚ followed some weeks later with the division of ships powered only by sail. He fell ill during the campaign and was invalided home‚ but never fully recovered and died in Paris on 1 May 1855. In 1817 Corry visited Egypt and the Temple of Dendur where he inscribed his name as graffiti in the Temple of Dendur. It can be seen today prominently inscribed at the Temple of Dendur which resides at the New York Metropolitan Museum. The inscription reads: "A L Corry RN 1817".

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COTTON‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 13759

COTTON‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	13759	Naval Order‚ signed ‘C.Cotton’ as Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean fleet‚ to Robert Mitford‚ Commander of HM Sloop Espoir‚ instructing him to take under his protection the transport ship Thames‚ “having on board Oatmeal for Malta”‚ to proceed to Palermo‚ and there deliver Dispatches addressed to Rear Admiral Boyles and other officers in Sicily‚ and then to join Captain Barrie of HMS Pomone at the Maddalena Islands or on the East Coast of Sardinia. 2 pages 12 x 8 inches‚ printed heading‚ folds‚ in good clean condition‚ one small hole at fold. Given on board the San Josef‚ Mahon‚ 14 February 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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Crimean War. STEWART‚ Admiral Sir Houston. 15030

Crimean War. STEWART‚ Admiral Sir Houston.	15030 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Middleton‚ the D.A.C.General‚ thanking him on behalf of the Squadron “for the pains you have spontaneously taken to put the Cemetery here into becoming order and appearance ...” 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ laid down. HMS Hannibal‚ Kazatch [Kazatch Bay‚ near Balaklava]‚ 29 June 1856. Sir Houston Stewart (1791-1875)‚ Admiral of the Fleet‚ entered the Navy in 1805. From 1806 he served under Lord Cochrane in the Imperieuse. Later he was Admiral Keith’s signal lieutenant in the Channel Fleet‚ commanded various ships on the Jamaica and North America stations‚ became superintendent of Malta Dockyard. In 1855 he was second in command under Sir Edmund Lyons in the Black Sea.

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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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DILLON‚ Admiral Sir Henry William. 13865

DILLON‚ Admiral Sir Henry William.	13865	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Crofton Croker‚ enquiring when the Fishguard is expected home from the Pacific. A fine one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches. Heath Lodge‚ Hanwell‚ 9 August 1847. Admiral Sir William Henry Dillon (1780-1857) entered the navy in May 1790 and served as a midshipman under Captain Gambier in Defence‚ and was stunned by a splinter in the action of 1 June 1794. He was present in Lord Bridport's action off Ile de Groix on 23 June 1795‚ and at the reduction of St. Lucie in May 1796‚ when he carried a flag of truce to take possession of Pigeon Island. Having become an acting-lieutenant in Glenmore in 1798‚ he co-operated with the army at Wexford during the rebellion‚ where he succeeded in arresting the Irish chief Skallian. In the Napoleonic Wars he was detained as a prisoner of the French‚ 1803-07. After promotion to post-captain he served at the Walcheren Expedition‚ on the coasts of Portugal and Spain‚ at Newfoundland‚ in China‚ India‚ and finally in the Mediterranean. His reminiscences were later published: A Narrative of my Professional Adventures (1790-1839)‚ by Sir William Henry Dillon‚ edited by Michael Lewis. Two volumes. Greenwich: Navy Records Society‚ 1953-1956.

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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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DUCIE‚ Francis Reynolds-Moreton‚ 3rd Baron. 13856

DUCIE‚ Francis Reynolds-Moreton‚ 3rd Baron.	13856	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Ducie’‚ to ‘My dear Sir Charles’‚ congratulating him on his success‚ and asking him to take under his protection “the Son of a very old Friend of mine‚ Admiral Prescott‚ on board the Formidable”. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ in good clean condition. Fortworth‚ 22 November [docketed 1797]. Uncommon. Francis Reynolds-Moreton‚ 3rd Baron Ducie (1739 – 1808)‚ politician and naval officer. He served in the Royal Navy‚ being commissioned lieutenant with a date of seniority of 12 April 1762. By the outbreak of the American War of Independence he had been promoted Captain and was stationed in the West Indies in command of HMS Monarch. He commanded Monarch during the Battle of the Chesapeake in September 1781 and remained with her throughout 1782 and saw action during the Capture of St Eustatius‚ the Battle of Saint Kitts‚ the Battle of the Saintes and the Battle of the Mona Passage. Ducie Island‚ in the Pacific Ocean‚ was named after him by Captain Edward Edwards of HMS Pandora‚ who had served under Ducie during his time in command of HMS Augusta.

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DUNCAN‚ Henry‚ Captain R.N. 13281

DUNCAN‚ Henry‚ Captain R.N.	13281	Letter Signed‚ as Commissioner at Sheerness‚ to Evan Nepean‚ acknowledging letters and naval commissions‚ reporting on the latest ship movements and Sheerness‚ with a list of ships in the left margin. 1 page 13 x 8 inches‚ minor tears and light soiling along upper edge. Sheerness Yard‚ 18 October 1799. An uncommon signature. Henry Duncan (1735 – 1814) was a British naval officer who participated in the American Revolutionary War. The Journals of Henry Duncan‚ Captain‚ Royal Navy 1776–1782‚ were published in The Naval Miscellany‚ Vol. I. Duncan entered the Royal Navy in 1755‚ joining the Nassau. Duncan later joined the Newark. On January 3‚ 1759‚ Duncan passed his examination for Lieutenant and joined the America. Later‚ Duncan participated in the capture of Havana in 1762 and was moved to the Temeraire. In January‚ 1776‚ William Howe was appointed as Commander-in-Chief of British forces in North America and chose Duncan to join him as flag captain of the Eagle. His career in North America lasted for the next six to seven years. On the commands of General Howe‚ Duncan commanded an invasion fleet of 26 ships carrying 2‚000 men led by General William Tryon from New York to Westport‚ Connecticut to raid Continental Army supply depots in Danbury‚ Connecticut on April 22‚ 1777‚ resulting in the Battle of Ridgefield. Duncan later returned to Europe to participate in the relief of Gibraltar in 1781. He was appointed Commissioner at Halifax. Duncan remained at Halifax till 1799‚ when he returned to England‚ to be appointed Commissioner at Sheerness. “This day His Majesty’s Ship America‚ and Ratvizlan Russian Ship sailed to Chatham; and The Hebe came from the Great Nore into the Harbour.”

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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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DUNDONALD‚ Thomas Cochrane‚ 10th Earl of. 13892

DUNDONALD‚ Thomas Cochrane‚ 10th Earl of.	13892 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Dundonald’‚ to Mr. Archibald‚ explaining that he has neglected friends due to his current endeavour‚ “my various adaptations of the Bitumen”‚ hoping Archibald will excuse the neglect “until all my matters are out of leading strings”. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. 2 Belgrave Road‚ 18 June 1853. Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860)‚ 10th Earl of Dundonald‚ English seaman who assisted Chile and Peru in their war of freedom. In 1851‚ Cochrane received a patent on powering steamships with bitumen. “... assiduously endeavouring to get on with my various adaptations of the Bitumen - all of which are so far in progress as to give me no further anxiety‚ though the assistance I have obtained has cost me great sacrifices ...”

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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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FORTESCUE‚ Chichester. 11714

FORTESCUE‚ Chichester.	11714	Note Signed by Chichester Fortescue: “If the Bearer Thos. Strode is quallified for an Armourer I have no objection to receive him as such.” 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition. Scourge‚ Deptford‚ 6 January 1780. Admiral Sir Chichester Fortescue (1750-1820) represented Trim in the Irish House of Commons from 1798 to the Act of Union 1800. He also served as Ulster King of Arms‚ succeeding his younger brother Gerald in 1788‚ and was knighted that year. The Scourge was a 16-gun sloop commissioned in 1779 under Commander Chichester Fortescue; paid off in May 1783 after wartime service.

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GAMBIER‚ Admiral James. 13661

GAMBIER‚ Admiral James.	13661	Letter Signed ‘Gambier’‚ to Vice Admiral Sir John Duckworth‚ ordering him to “place one of the small vessels under your command to convoy the empty victualling transports now in this bay to Plymouth”‚ the two transports being named in the margin. 1 page 13 x 8 inches‚ in good condition. Ville de Paris in Torbay‚ 28 July 1808. James Gambier (1756-1833)‚ 1st Baron Gambier‚ Admiral of the Fleet (1830) was born in the Bahamas. He fought with distinction under Lord Howe in the Battle off Ushant in 1794. He was Governor of Newfoundland‚ 1802-1804. He commanded the British fleet at Copenhagen in 1807. At the Battle of Aix Roads in 1809 he disregarded the signals of Dundonald‚ but was acquitted by a court martial. He retained command of the Channel Fleet until 1811. Gambier was a founding benefactor of Kenyon College in the United States‚ so the town that was founded with it‚ Gambier‚ Ohio is named after him. Mount Gambier‚ South Australia‚ the extinct volcano and the later city‚ and Gambier Island in British Columbia are also named after him.

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GAMBIER‚ Admiral James‚ and others. 14005

GAMBIER‚ Admiral James‚ and others.	14005 Original Admiralty Order‚ signed by Gambier‚ Admiral Richard Bickerton‚ Admiral William Johnstone Hope‚ and John Barrow‚ addressed to Lieutenant Thomas Mitchell‚ commanding HM Gun Brig Acute at the Nore‚ ordering him to proceed in the Acute “the moment she shall be ready for the Sea” to Yarmouth‚ and place himself under the command of Admiral Douglas. 1 page 12½ x 8 inches‚ folds‚ minor marginal tears at folds. Admiralty‚ 19 January 1808. James Gambier (1756-1833)‚ 1st Baron Gambier‚ Admiral of the Fleet (1830) was born in the Bahamas. He fought with distinction under Lord Howe in the Battle off Ushant in 1794. He was Governor of Newfoundland‚ 1802-1804. He commanded the British fleet at Copenhagen in 1807. At the Battle of Aix Roads in 1809 he disregarded the signals of Dundonald‚ but was acquitted by a court martial. He retained command of the Channel Fleet until 1811. Gambier was a founding benefactor of Kenyon College in the United States‚ so the town that was founded with it‚ Gambier‚ Ohio is named after him. Mount Gambier‚ South Australia‚ the extinct volcano and the later city‚ and Gambier Island in British Columbia are also named after him. Admiral Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton (1759-1832) conducted the blockade of Egypt in 1801. In 1803-1805 Bickerton was second in command to Nelson in the seas off Toulon. Admiral Sir William Johnstone Hope (1766-1831) served with Nelson in H.M.S Boreas in 1787. He commanded various ships throughout the Napoleonic Wars‚ including H.M.S Kent and H.M.S Atlas. Sir John Barrow (1764-1848)‚ explorer and secretary to the Admiralty. Barrow published among other works: Travels in China (1804); Travels into the Interior of South Africa (1801-1804); Lives of Lord Macartney (1807)‚ Lord Anson (1839)‚ Lord Howe (1838); The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty: (1831) Its Cause and Consequences.

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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. 13996

HALL‚ Admiral Sir William Hutcheon.	13996	Order for Survey‚ signed by Hall as Captain of HMS Dragon‚ ordering the Surgeon to attend the Dispensary in the Dock-Yard to “hold a strict and careful Survey on the Health of the Warrant Officer named in the margin belonging to Her Majesty’s Steam Vessel Dragon”. 1 page 12½ x 8 inches‚ remains of guard‚ otherwise very good. The Dragon at Woolwich‚ 3 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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HOOD‚ Admiral Samuel‚ Viscount‚ and STUART‚ General Sir Charles. 14191

HOOD‚ Admiral Samuel‚ Viscount‚ and STUART‚ General Sir Charles.	14191	Lower section only of a naval order‚ relating to Prize Money‚ signed by Hood and Stuart. 3 x 8 inches‚ some paper adhering to verso. HMS Victory‚ Martello Bay‚ 22 August 1794. A small relic of HMS Victory in action‚ a document fragment written just after the Siege of Calvi (Corsica) where Nelson lost his eye as Captain of HMS Agamemnon. Admiral Viscount Hood (1724-1816). Sir Charles Stuart General of Marines (1753-1801). The words on the verso read: “... be distributed amongst the Officers and Soldiers in proportions correspondent thereto.” In 1794 troops under Charles Stuart attacked Calvi‚ with his officers including Horatio Nelson. Heavy bombardment drew equally heavy French and Corsican resistance and on 12 July Nelson lost the sight in one eye in an assault on the town. However‚ the French batteries were taken one by one and on 10 August the French garrison surrendered with full military honours‚ having held out for 40 days.

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HOWE‚ Admiral Richard‚ Earl‚ and others. 14769

HOWE‚ Admiral Richard‚ Earl‚ and others.	14769 An original Naval Commission‚ signed by Admiral Earl Howe as First Lord of the Admiralty‚ and Charles Brett and Richard Hopkins‚ as Lords of the Admiralty‚ appointing Lieutenant Charles Thackeray to be Lieutenant of H.M.Sloop‚ the Sphynx. Vellum 10½ x 12½ inches‚ Admiralty wafer seal affixed‚ folds‚ in good clean condition. Admiralty‚ 1 December 1787. 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.

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HOWE‚ Admiral Richard‚ Earl‚ and others. 14770

HOWE‚ Admiral Richard‚ Earl‚ and others.	14770 An original Naval Commission‚ signed by Admiral Earl Howe as First Lord of the Admiralty‚ and by Charles Brett and Lord Arden as Lords of the Admiralty‚ appointing Rear Admiral Alexander Innes to be “Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Ships and Vessels employed and to be employed at and about the Island of Jamaica ‚ and the Bahama Islands”. Manuscrript on Parchment‚ 11 x 13 inches‚ Admiralty wafer seal‚ folds‚ in superb condition. With a contemporary leather wallet in which the document has been preserved. Admiralty‚ 26 August 1784. One of the finest eighteenth century naval commissions we have handled. 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. Rear Admiral Alexander Innes (d.1786)‚ a Scot‚ commanded HMS Hampton Court during the 1762 operations against Havana. In the American War‚ Innes reached Charleston in 1775. He served Lord William Campbell as secretary and sent secret reports on political developments at Charleston to the Earl of Dartmouth.

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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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JELLICOE‚ Admiral John Rushworth. 15124

JELLICOE‚ Admiral John Rushworth.	15124	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to ‘My dear Agnes’‚ thanking her for the cream cheeses‚ missing the family‚ assuring her that “I am as right as rain again & full of health and spirits”‚ discussing the war. 1½ pages‚ 9 x 7 inches‚ folded‚ a few minor blemishes only. HMS Iron Duke‚ 11 March 1915. Admiral Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935)‚ commander in chief of the fleet at the outbreak of World War I. He commanded the Fleet at the Battle of Jutland (1916). “I dont believe this war will be over for another 12 months unless we can get Italy & Roumania to join in. That would settle it during the present year I should hope.”

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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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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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LITTLEHALES‚ Vice-Admiral Bendall Robert. 14857

LITTLEHALES‚ Vice-Admiral Bendall Robert.	14857 Draft Autograph Letter‚ with corrections‚ signed by B.R.Littlehales‚ addressed to Captain Bayntun‚ about his entitlements to pay in his new appointment. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ folded. Plymouth‚ 7 October 1811. Vice-Admiral Bendall Robert Littlehales (1765-1847)‚ friend of Lord Exmouth‚ served as a midshipman on HMS Vigilant in 1778 (action between English and French fleets off Brest)‚ Grenada (1779)‚ Martinique (1794)‚ commanded HMS Amazon (1797)‚ commanded HMS Centaur at capture of St. Lucia. Admiral Sir Henry William Bayntun (1766-1840) was Captain of H.M.S.Leviathan at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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MALTA. Rear-Admiral John Laugharne‚ Senior Officer‚ Malta 1812-13. 14661

MALTA. Rear-Admiral John Laugharne‚ Senior Officer‚ Malta 1812-13.	14661 Letter Signed as Rear Admiral‚ to Captain Mitford‚ His Majesty’s Sloop Espoir‚ about providing a Store for his ship’s use in the Lazaretto. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ folded‚ with the integral address leaf (torn at seal opening). Trident at Malta‚ 2 April 1813. Rear-Admiral John Laugharne (1745-1819).

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MARKHAM‚ Sir Clements Robert. 13257

MARKHAM‚ Sir Clements Robert.	13257	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Dr. Heaton‚ apologising for having given him so much trouble. A good one page example‚ 7 x 4½ inches‚ remains of guard. 21 Eccleston Square‚ 11 January‚ no year given. Sir Clements Robert Markham (1830-1916)‚ geographer and author‚ President of the Royal Geographical Society‚ and a strong advocate of an Antarctic Expedition. As a result of his efforts the Discovery Expedition sailed in 1901‚ and Markham himself drew up the instructions for the officers and men under Captain Scott.

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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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MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA‚ Louis‚ 1st Earl. 15006

MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA‚ Louis‚ 1st Earl.	15006	Typed Letter Signed “yours sincerely‚ Mountbatten of Burma”‚ to Professor Franklyn Johnson‚ about amendments to the text of a tape recording on Defence Re-organisation‚ referring to his relationship with the Press‚ and other matters. 28 lines on 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ top edge slightly worn‚ otherwise good. Ministry of Defence‚ 2 October 1963. 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. “I have not seen any of the shots taken at Marineland as nobody has sent me any copies. My relations with the press are such that I would not wish to write to the Daily Express for any copies but it would surely be quite within your rights to write ...”

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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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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 WARRANT. Appointment of the Cook on H.M.S. Triumph‚ 1761. 11429

NAVAL WARRANT. Appointment of the Cook on H.M.S. Triumph‚ 1761.	11429	Printed Warrant‚ completed in manuscript‚ signed by three naval commissioners‚ addressed to the Clerk of the Checque of His Majesty’s Yard at Woolwich‚ appointing Thomas Holford‚ Cook of the Blenheim‚ to be Cook of his Majesty’s Ship Triumph. 1 page 12 x 7½ inches‚ a few minor marginal tears only‚ in good condition‚ integral blank leaf. The Navy Office‚ 26 May 1761. A warrant specially printed for the appointment of ‘Master-Cooks’ in the Navy. Signed by William Bately‚ Deputy Surveyor of the Navy; Captain George Cockburne‚ Controller of the Navy; Timothy Brett‚ Controller of the Treasurer’s Accounts.

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NAVAL. Apppointment of an Armourer to HMS Goliath‚ 1807. 14920

NAVAL. Apppointment of an Armourer to HMS Goliath‚ 1807.	14920 Official Letter Signed ‘R.H.Crewe’‚ to Captain Paget‚ commanding H.M.Ship Goliath in the Downs‚ informing him that the Warrant appointing Thomas Day to be Armourer of HMS Bulwark has been cancelled‚ and that Day is to be appointed instead to the Goliath. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ folded. Office of Ordnance‚ 27 April 1807. The first HMS Goliath (1781) was a 74-gun third-rate that fought in the Battle of the Nile.

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NAVAL. HMS Centaur and the seizure of Diamond Rock‚ Martinique‚ 1804. 14851

NAVAL. HMS Centaur and the seizure of Diamond Rock‚ Martinique‚ 1804.	14851	A long and informative original Autograph Letter Signed by J.Willes‚ serving on board HMS Centaur‚ probably as a physician‚ to the former Captain of HMS Centaur‚ Bendall Robert Littlehales‚ reporting the latest news of the ship‚ notably the fast spread of a mortal fever in the fort‚ reporting the deaths of many officers known to Littlehales‚ and describing the fortification of the Diamond Rock. 4 pp. 12 x 8 inches‚ neatly written‚ address panel entirely obliterated by ink (with some show through)‚ hole at seal opening‚ otherwise good. HMS Centaur‚ Fort Diamond Bay‚ Martinique‚ 12 January 1804. The Diamond Rock occupies a strategic position at the north end of the St. Lucia Straits. In late 1803 and early 1804‚ HMS Centaur‚ under Captain Murray Maxwell‚ established several batteries on Diamond Rock. To ease its administration vis-à-vis the Admiralty‚ Admiral Hood commissioned the rock as HMS Diamond Rock. Hood garrisoned it with two lieutenants and 120 men under the command of Lieutenant James Wilkes Maurice‚ his first lieutenant. Caves on the Rock served as sleeping quarters for the men; the officers used tents. This letter describes the new gun platforms erected on the Rock‚ the gun salutes received from the ships defending “this very strong place”‚ and continues: “It would astonish you to see how nature has been at work here to furnish conveniences for safety and defence. Caves & subterranean retreats out of the reach and power of any besiegers to annoy or hurt. Plenty of water‚ and the Top by no means difficult of access.” [See Clowes‚ History of the Royal Navy‚ Vol.5‚ p. 333]

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NAVAL. HMS Edgar‚ 1783. 13632

NAVAL. HMS Edgar‚ 1783.	13632 Entire Letter from Robert Forbes‚ 6th Lieutenant in HMS Edgar‚ to Richard Oswald in London‚ describing an escape from a Spanish squadron on the voyage back from Gibraltar‚ returning without prizes but “[we] were tolerably successful going out‚ and therefore have less room to grumble”. 2 pp. 9 x 7½ inches‚ stains from the seal‚ a few old repairs‚ address panel (piece torn at seal opening with loss of a few words) with two line PORTSMOUTH strike. With a letter from the National Maritime Museum (1961) providing some helpful biographical and historical notes. HMS Edgar‚ Spithead‚ 23 May 1780. “We sighted the Spanish Admirable with four sails of the line‚ he made an attempt immediately he discovered us going‚ but fruitless‚ for after the Edgar set her sail‚ left the Spanish ships out of sight in a few hours. Indeed the Commodore [John Elliot] enjoyed a very bad state of health and I believe had he stayed there much longer it must have put an end to his life and if you see him which I hope you will then find he is much altered in looks and size.” The Edgar‚ under Commodore Elliot‚ had played a significant part in the expedition for the relief of Gibraltar in January 1780.

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NAVAL. HMS Sidon‚ Lisbon‚ 1847. 13336

NAVAL. HMS Sidon‚ Lisbon‚ 1847.	13336	Memorandum signed by William Honeyman Henderson‚ Captain of HMS Sidon‚ to the Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon‚ conveying Admiral Sir Charles Napier’s order that HMS Dragon supplies HMS Sidon with ten days of all species of provisions. 6 x 8 inches‚ remains of guard. Her Majesty’s Ship Sidon‚ Lisbon‚ 27 August 1847. HMS Sidon was a first-class paddle frigate designed by Sir Charles Napier; her name commemorated his attack on the port of Sidon in 1840 during the Syrian War. Her keel was laid down May 26‚ 1845 at Deptford Dockyard‚ and she was launched on May 26‚ 1846. She had a fairly short career for a warship‚ but it included the rescue of the crew of the sinking Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation vessel Ariel on May 28‚ 1848‚ and a trip up the Nile that same year‚ when her passengers included the explorer and botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker. She served in the Black Sea during the Crimean War‚ 1854-55 under the command of Captain George Goldsmith. In April 1854‚ in company with HMS Firebrand (Captain William Houston Stewart)‚ she blockaded the coast from Kavarna to the mouths of the River Danube. In September‚ during the actual Allied invasion of the Crimea‚ she was assigned to escorting the French troop transports‚ and assisted the French line-of-battleship Algiers‚ which had gone aground in Eupatoria Bay. She was then sent to monitor Russian movements around Odessa‚ and on 4 October attacked a marching column of 12‚000 men on their way to the Crimea. On this occasion she was hit in the funnel by a Russian rocket. She was sold for breaking up on 15 July 1864 to Castle and Beech. William Honeyman Henderson R.N. entered the Royal Navy in 1808. He participated in the expedition against New Orleans (1814).

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NAVAL. HMS Ville de Paris 1799‚ Royal Marines letter. 13631

NAVAL. HMS Ville de Paris 1799‚ Royal Marines letter.	13631 A fine Entire Letter Signed by Frederick Hill Flight‚ Royal Marines‚ to Charles Jon in Holborn‚ about settling Flight’s account as “Approving Field Officer”‚ and announcing that “We are now in pursuit of the French Fleet ...” 1½ pages 9 x 7 inches‚ fine‚ integral address leaf‚ torn at seal opening‚ smudged concave Portsmouth Ship Lre strike‚ manuscript 7. Ville de Paris‚ At Sea‚ 13 May 1799. Colonel Frederick Hill Flight‚ Marine Forces. “We are now in pursuit of the French Fleet‚ who are in the Mediterranean. I hope we shall be able to collect our force and give them a drubbing before they have time to do any mischief. What were your fleet about at home to let them out to us‚ if they had any spirit they might with the advantage of situation‚ and superiority of Force‚ have formed a junction with the Spaniards and thrashed us into the bargain.” HMS Ville de Paris: 29 Apr 1799 returned to cruize off Cadiz‚ having watered at Tetuan. 3 May 1799 prepared for action on receipt of news that the French fleet had escaped from Brest and was heading towards Cadiz. The French were sighted the following day‚ but stood on for the Mediterranean. 10 May 1799 arrived with the fleet at Gibraltar‚ and having watered and victualled sailed for the Mediterranean. 20 May 1799 anchored in Port-Mahon. Early Royal Marine letters are uncommon.

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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. Survey of Stores‚ Madras‚ 1765. 8123

NAVAL. Survey of Stores‚ Madras‚ 1765.	8123	Survey of Boatswain’s Stores on H.M.S.York‚ signed by John Jefferson‚ Thomas Read and Hugh Montieth‚ “Pursuant to an Order from John Bladen Tinker Esqr Captain of His Majesty’s Ship Medway and Commander in Chief of all His Majesty’s Ships and Vessels employed in the East Indies”. 2 pp. 12 x 7 inches‚ with signatures on integral leaf‚ docketed on verso‚ in very good clean condition. On board His Majesty’s Ship York in Madras Road‚ 9 January 1765. “A strict and carefull Survey on the Boatswain’s stores complain’d of”‚ listing the rigging‚ ensigns‚ tackle blocks and tools‚ etc.‚ many discovered to be “Split to Pieces‚ unfit for their proper Uses‚ and fit for no Convertion”. HMS York was a 60-gun fourth-rate launched in 1753 and broken up in 1772.

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NAVAL. The Ordnance Survey of HMS Lynn‚ 1749. 14528

NAVAL. The Ordnance Survey of HMS Lynn‚ 1749.	14528	A Survey on the Remain of Guns and Gunners Stores belonging to His Majesty’s Ship the Lynn‚ Joseph Rains Master Gunner taken this day Pursuant to the Board’s Order 15th November last‚ She being Paid off and laid up. Signed by Joseph Rains and three others. Large folding sheet‚ extending to 23 x 19 inches‚ in good condition. Office of Ordnance‚ Portsmouth‚ 8 May 1749. A remarkable resource for a study of eighteenth century naval ordnance. This is a complete official survey‚ recording exact quantities‚ entered in manuscript on a printed form‚ of serviceable and unserviceable stores. No nail or copper hoop is omitted. The ordnance terms take us into another age: spare staves for ladles‚ spunges‚ &c.; muzle lashings; breechings; formers for cartridges; lanthorns‚ Muscovy‚ Ordinary and Dark; double-headed hammer’d Shot; cartouch boxes with straps; musquetoons. The Lynn carried 20 12-pounders‚ 20 9-pounders‚ 4 6-pounders. There were also 6 half-pounders‚ but 2 were out of service‚ “being too Short‚ Light and Low in ye Bore (they were issued at Chatham).”

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NAVAL. Wages and Prize Money Check‚ 1802. 13624

NAVAL. Wages and Prize Money Check‚ 1802.	13624	Check for Naval Wages and Prize Money due to Alexander McDougall‚ a deceased Seaman of HMS Defiance and HMS Dreadnought‚ signed by an Assistant Inspector‚ in favor of the seaman’s son‚ John McDougall. 2 page printed form‚ completed in manuscript‚ 13 x 8 inches‚ folded‚ in good clean condition. Navy Pay Office‚ London‚ 20 December 1802.

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NAVAL.H.M.S. Urgent‚ voyage to China 1860. 12091

NAVAL.H.M.S. Urgent‚ voyage to China 1860.	12091 Printed Receipt for 26 Tons of Patent Fuel and 120 Tons of Welsh Coal supplied to H.M.S. Urgent‚ completed in manuscript‚ signed by Henry William Hire‚ Commander‚ and by the chief engineer. 5 x 8 inches‚ filing hole. St Vincent‚ Cape de Verds‚ 26 January 1860. Henry William Hire (d. 1883) commanded the troopship H.M.S. Urgent on “particular service” (1859-1862)‚ in other words in the China War. H.M.S. Urgent arrived in Hong Kong on 7 June 1860 and remained on that station until August 1862.

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NEWCOMBE‚ Captain Francis. 7540

NEWCOMBE‚ Captain Francis.	7540	Manuscript Receipt for casks of wine received on board H.M.S.Pyramus‚ signed by Newcombe as Captain. 12 x 7½ inches‚ surface toning and creasing. H.M.S.Pyramus‚ Funchal Roads‚ 5 July 1821. Captain Francis Newcombe R.N. was appointed lieutenant in 1794‚ commander 1801‚ post-captain 1809‚ died 1842.

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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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OSBORN‚ Sherard. 12431

OSBORN‚ Sherard.	12431 Autograph Letter Signed ‘S.Oborn’‚ to Mr. Johnstone‚ about his promotion step‚ saying that he has written to Captain Phillimore “about you‚ and asked him to let you keep officer’s watch.” 1½ pages 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. H.M.S. Royal Sovereign‚ Portsmouth‚ 24 November [c.1864]. Uncommon. Rear-Admiral Sherard Osborn (1822-1875)‚ author and explorer. His books included Quedah‚ or‚ Stray Leaves from a Journal in Malayan Waters (1857). He served in China (1840-42 and 1857-58) and on one of the Franklin relief expeditions‚ and in the Crimea. In 1864 he commanded the Royal Sovereign‚ a ship fitted with turrets on the plan proposed by Captain Cowper Phipps Coles.

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OWEN‚ Admiral Sir Edward Campbell Rich. 14617

OWEN‚ Admiral Sir Edward Campbell Rich.	14617 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Admiral Lord Keith‚ discussing in detail the navigation of Calais harbour‚ and the advantages of developing “a Steam Yacht” (particularly for the Prince Regent on the short passage to Calais). 4 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ in good condition. Deal‚ 14 July 1818. Admiral Sir Edward Campbell Rich Owen (1771-1849) was appointed to the Immortalité in 1802 on the renewal of hostilities‚ and captured or destroyed many enemy gunboats and privateers along the French coast. In October 1806 he was moved to the Clyde and ordered to hoist a broad pennant‚ and successfully attacked the town and port of Boulogne with Congreve rockets. Owen served in the Walcheren expedition (1809). In 1816 he was appointed to the yacht Royal Sovereign‚ which he commanded for the next six years. He was later commander-in-chief in the West Indies (1822-25)‚ the East Indies (1828-32)‚ and the Mediterranean (1841-45).

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PARKER‚ Admiral Sir William. 13993

PARKER‚ Admiral Sir William.	13993 A long Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Rear Admiral Sir John Duckworth‚ Commander-in-Chief at Barbados‚ Leeward Islands and Martinique‚ discussing his dispute with Lord St. Vincent and the breaking off of relations between them‚ Parker’s request for a court martial‚ discussing the charges‚ asking for Duckworth’s assistance in finding employment for Parker’s son William‚ with a postscript about the course of naval operations “after landing the disaffected Troops at Martinique”. 7 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ fine. With the address panel showing straight line Portsmouth strike and manuscript markings in red. Portsmouth‚ 5 September 1801. The letter reveals the well-known icy relations between Parker and St.Vincent. St Vincent has “been determined to do me all the injury in his person & avail’d himself of the loss of the America to recall me from my Station upon charges of misdemeanor.” Admiral Sir William Parker (1714-1802) entered the Navy in 1756. In the Centurion he was present in the fleet before Louisbourg in 1757‚ at the capture of Louisbourg in 1758‚ and Quebec in 1759. In 1777 he went to the West Indies where he served under Byron. He was commodore and commander-in-chief on the Leeward Islands station (1787–90) with his broad pennant in the Jupiter (50 guns). In December 1792 Parker commissioned the Audacious (74 guns) for service in the Channel Fleet under the command of Richard‚ Earl Howe. He was third in command in the battle of Cape St Vincent on 14 February 1797‚ flying his flag in the Prince George (98 guns). In 1798 he was much upset by the appointment of Nelson‚ his junior‚ to an independent command in the Mediterranean. He ended his career as Commander-in-Chief in North America at Halifax from 1800‚ and was recalled for disobeying orders.

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PARKER‚ Vice-Admiral Hyde. 13019

PARKER‚ Vice-Admiral Hyde.	13019	Autograph Letter Signed‚ while in command of HMS Tenedos on the coast of North America‚ to his agents in London‚ discussing accounts. 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ filing hole‚ with the integral address leaf‚ with Halifax and London backstamps‚ charged 2/2. H.M. Ship Tenedos‚ Halifax‚ 14 May 1814. Vice-Admiral Hyde Parker (1784 – 1854)‚ son of Admiral Sir Hyde Parker and grandson of Sir Hyde Parker‚ 5th Baronet Hyde. He joined the Royal Navy in 1796. He commanded HMS Monmouth from 1811‚ HMS Tenedos from 1812‚ HMS Iphigenia from 1818‚ HMS St Vincent from 1830‚ HMS Asia from 1831‚ HMS Victory also from 1831 and HMS Rodney from 1835. He went on to be Admiral Superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard in 1842‚ Commander of the Experimental Squadron in 1845 and First Naval Lord in 1852. He died in office in 1854.

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PELLEW‚ Vice Admiral Sir Edward. 15013

PELLEW‚ Vice Admiral Sir Edward.	15013 An original ‘General Memorandum’ or Printed Letter‚ being a circular for the information of the fleet‚ proposing a Subscription “for the relief of the families of those who lately perished in the St. George‚ Defence‚ Hero‚ and Saldhana”‚ suggesting a contribution of two days pay‚ with an attached form by which to request this deduction of pay. 2 pp. 12 x 8 inches‚ entirely printed‚ without signatures‚ with manuscript address panel (”On His Majesty’s Service‚ R. Mitford Esq.‚ Commander of HM Sloop Espoir”). Given on board the Caledonia at Port Mahon‚ 24 March 1812. A scarce local printing. Admiral Edward Pellew (1757-1833)‚ Viscount Exmouth‚ served in the Navy from the age of 13‚ and first attracted notice at the Battle of Lake Champlain (1776). Many of his most brilliant naval actions took place off the French coast after 1798. He was commander-in-chief in India from 1804‚ and then commander-in-chief in the North Sea and in the Mediterranean. In 1816 he bombarded Algiers to enforce the treaty abolishing Christian slavery.

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PENINSULAR WAR. Arrangements for the Mails‚ 1812. 15021

PENINSULAR WAR. Arrangements for the Mails‚ 1812.	15021	Letter Signed by Charles Stuart‚ to Admiral George Berkeley‚ requesting him “to appoint a vessel of War to take the Mail on Sunday to England‚ there not being at present any packet in Port”. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ horizontal folds‚ in good condition. Lisbon‚ 29 May 1812. Charles Stuart‚ Baron Stuart de Rothesay (1779–1845)‚ diplomatist. As minister at Lisbon (1810–14) he made himself indispensable to Wellington‚ and he was made a member of the Portuguese regency council. His greatest diplomatic achievement was the treaty by which Brazil became independent of Portugal‚ negotiated on a joint Anglo-Portuguese special mission in 1825. He was ambassador to France‚ 1815-1824 and 1828-1831. The recipient of this letter is Admiral George Berkeley (1753-1818)‚ who had the chief command on the coast of Portugal during the Peninsular War.

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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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PETERBOROUGH‚ Charles Mordaunt‚ Earl of. 13992

PETERBOROUGH‚ Charles Mordaunt‚ Earl of.	13992 Original Campaign Order Signed ‘Peterborow’‚ addressed to Colonel Richards‚ Commander of the Artillery‚ instructing him to take the ammunition out of the ship Tartana. 1 page 8 x 5½ inches‚ in good clean condition. Barcelona‚ 11 November 1705. “... and put 200 barrels of the Powder on board the Barque bound for Tortosa and lodge the remainder in any of the magazines of this Town.” Admiral Charles Mordaunt (1658-1735)‚ third earl of Peterborough and first Earl of Monmouth‚ probably the greatest English commander after Marlborough in the War of the Spanish Succession.

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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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RODDAM‚ Robert‚ Admiral. 13630

RODDAM‚ Robert‚ Admiral.	13630 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to the Hon. James Wemyss at Wemyss Castle‚ about claiming the wages due to John Harrow (now on board HMS Cornwall under Roddam) for five months’ service on board the Ship Batchelor. With the statement to that effect‚ signed by John Harrow. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ holds at fold corners‚ otherwise good‚ with the integral address leaf.‚ straight line CHATHAM. HMS Cornwall‚ Chatham‚ 5 July 1777. 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. The Cornwall was a 74 gun ship built in 1761. She saw much service in the West Indies in 1778-80 and was destroyed as unserviceable after action in the latter year.

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ROSS‚ Charles Bayne Hodgson‚ Vice-Admiral. 9928

ROSS‚ Charles Bayne Hodgson‚ Vice-Admiral.	9928 Autograph Letter Signed‚ as Commissioner of Plymouth Dockyard‚ to Viscount Melville at the Admiralty‚ about the visit of the Duc de Chartres to the dockyard. 1 page 10 x 8 inches‚ integral blank leaf‚ folds‚ in good condition. Devonport‚ 8 June 1829. Uncommon. Charles Bayne Hodgson Ross was the Captain of H.M.S. Northumberland who conveyed Napoleon to St. Helena. Ross entered the Navy in 1788 and saw much action throughout the Napoleonic Wars‚ and under Sir George Cockburn in the operations in North America in 1814. “I shall have a First Rate’s Anchor & Cable ready in progress for his inspection...”

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ROWLEY‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 15042

ROWLEY‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	15042 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Captain Littlehales‚ referring to family matters‚ and observing how difficult it is to be appointed to a ship. 2 pages 9 x 7 inches‚ vertical folds. Great Bealings‚ 12 August 1803. Admiral Sir Charles Rowley (1770-1845) saw long naval service‚ including the capture of Fiume and Trieste in 1813. “I do not imagine you will soon be afloat as they are very very few Frigates to be given away. I have not the least chance of my Pendant being up while the present Board remains.”

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SANTO DOMINGO. British Expeditionary Force 1796. 13020

SANTO DOMINGO. British Expeditionary Force 1796.	13020 Letter Signed by A.W.Farbier[?]‚ surgeon‚ to Sir John Thomas Duckworth (Commander in Chief)‚ representing to him the case of Lieutenant Paul Godby of His Majesty’s Ship Canada‚ severely afflicted with Rheumatic Gout‚ and stating that “a change of Climate” is absolutely necessary for his recovery. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ folds‚ in fine condition‚ docketed on receipt. Naval Hospital at Mole St. Nicholas [Santo Domingo]‚ 25 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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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‚ Admiral Sir George Francis. 13855

SEYMOUR‚ Admiral Sir George Francis.	13855	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to ‘dear Lutyens’‚ sending condolences. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. 115 Eaton Square‚ 28 November 1863. George Francis Seymour (1787-1870)‚ Admiral of the Fleet‚ entered the Navy in 1797 and saw service throughout the Napoleonic Wars‚ including taking part in the capture of the Spanish ship El Rayo immediately after the Battle of Trafalgar. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief Pacific Station in 1844‚ Commander-in-Chief North America and West Indies Station in 1851 and Commander-in-Chief‚ Portsmouth in 1856.

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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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SLADE‚ William. 13478

SLADE‚ William.	13478	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Captain Robert Mitford RN‚ about expenses‚ with the latest news of the war against Bonaparte. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ in good condition. Malta‚ 31 January 1813. William Slade‚ Agent to the Flag Officers‚ Malta. “The news from Russia you have before us‚ the last reports we have from Naples is that Murat who was left in command of the Army by Buonparte when he fled to Paris - has been defeated & taken Prisoner‚ that Dantzic is taken by the Russians - & the french magazines at Wilna - that Lord Whitworth is arrived at Vienna - this is too good to be believed.”

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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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SMYTH‚ Admiral William Henry. 14919

SMYTH‚ Admiral William Henry.	14919 Autograph Letter Signed‚ saying that he is still waiting for an engraving of “80 Messier” (a globular cluster in the constellation Scorpius) which will help him to add “explanatory references”‚ and that for many days he has been expecting “2G”‚ with a reference to Mr. Hobler’s volume. 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ left margin a little ragged‚ otherwise good. St John’s Lodge‚ near Aylesbury‚ 2 September 1859. Admiral William Henry Smyth (1788-1865)‚ scientific writer‚ astronomer‚ was one of the founders of the Royal Geographical Society. “... the size of the diagram of 80 Messier is of no use to me without the engraving‚ as I must add the explanatory references. I have waited a cruel time!”

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SPRANGER‚ Rear-Admiral John William. 13363

SPRANGER‚ Rear-Admiral John William.	13363	Naval Order Signed‚ to Captain Mitford of HM Sloop Espoir‚ instructing him‚ in the event of not finding Captain Maxwell‚ to look “with great caution” in the Bay of Naples and “to cruise for ten days from your arrival there between Capria and the Coast of Calabria for the purpose of intercepting any Supplies of the enemy ...” 1 page 11 x 8 inches‚ horizontal folds‚ in good condition. On board His Majesty’s Ship Warrior‚ 1 September 1809. Uncommon. Rear-Admiral John William Spranger (died 1822) was appointed Lieutenant on 23 August 1790‚ and Commander on 7 June 1794. In 1795‚ he commanded the sloop HMS Rattlesnake in the expedition to capture Cape Town. He commanded a battalion of sailors from the fleet at the Battle of Muizenberg. He was later recorded as a captain with seniority from 1795‚ suggesting his appointment to post was made after this engagement. On the 2nd December 1796‚ in command of the frigate HMS Crescent‚ he led a squadron which destroyed a French settlement in Madagascar and captured five merchant vessels. In 1799 he briefly commanded the HMS Stately before she became a troopship‚ and in 1801 took command of the newly-commissioned frigate HMS Aeolus‚ serving in the Baltic sea and then to the West Indies. In May 1805 he was in command of the frigate HMS Amethyst‚ cruising off the Texel‚ and from the records of one of his crew‚ it appears he was appointed to the command of HMS Warrior‚ a 74-gun third-rate‚ with effect from 12 July 1806. Warrior served first in the Channel squadron and then later in the Mediterranean. Whilst commanding Warrior in the Mediterranean in 1809‚ he led the naval portion of the force which captured the Ionian Islands.

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SPRY‚ Rear-Admiral Sir Richard. 11584

SPRY‚ Rear-Admiral Sir Richard.	11584	Autograph Letter Signed ‘R.Spry’‚ addressed ‘Dear Sir’‚ announcing the appointment of Jacob Benider as a vice consul in Morocco‚ and reporting that “I have ordered Capt Corby to England with the Remains of His Royal Highness the Duke of York who dyed at Monaco the 17th Inst of a violent Fever”‚ with other news. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ two separated leaves‚ some paper faults‚ but in clean legible condition. Jersey at Sea‚ 30 September 1767. Uncommon. Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Spry (1715-1775) served in the West Indies and North America (including the reduction of Louisbourg in 1758)‚ and in 1762 he became Commodore and Commander-in-Chief on the coast of North America. In April 1766 he was appointed to the Jersey‚ and went out to the Mediterranean as Commander-in-Chief. “... I have received a letter from Sir Horace Mann acquainting me that the Emperor of Germany will be at Florence by the 10th of Nov. & that he has in all his letters to the Grand Duke of Tuscany expressed a great desire to see the Sea & a Man of War...” Spry is therefore proceeding to Mahon “to Heave down and Refit my Ship for the occasion”.

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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. 13277

ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl.	13277 Letter Signed ‘St. Vincent’‚ to the Captains of His Majesty’s Ships the Leviathan & Powerful‚ requesting them to go on board HMS Edgar to report on the health of Mr Richard Leggatt‚ first Lieutenant of that Ship‚ who “is most violently afflicted with a Bilious complaint‚ which has reduced and debilitated him so much‚ that he is scarce able to walk...” Countersigned Geo. Purvis. 1 page 13 x 8 inches‚ in superb condition‚ manuscript with printed heading of the Mediterranean command. Given on board the Ville de Paris off Cadiz‚ 5 September 1798. Signed by Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823) during the blockade of Cadiz‚ notable for the severe repression of a mutiny on board H.M.S.Marlborough during the summer of 1798.

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ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl. 13627

ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl.	13627 Autograph Letter Signed ‘St Vincent’‚ to Thomas Jervis in London‚ sending three letters including one “from Mr. Nepean‚ replete with pleasant tidings”. 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ folded‚ in good condition‚ with the original address leaf‚ also signed ‘St Vincent’‚ faint Newton Abbot straight line‚ and a FREE handstamp in Red‚ stitch marks along centre fold. Torr Abbey‚ 6 December 1800. Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823). “... there is nothing our Friends at Yarmouth prize higher‚ than getting Boys into Greenwich School.”

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ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl; STOCKHAM‚ Lieutenant John. 15139

ST. VINCENT‚ Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl; STOCKHAM‚ Lieutenant John.	15139	Memorandum Signed ‘St. Vincent’‚ for circulation to the Pursers of five ships in the fleet‚ relating to the supply of Bags of Bread and Boxes of Candles‚ as confirmed by the Agent Victualler at Lisbon. This document has been signed as received by J.Stockham‚ HMS Marlborough. 1 page 13 x 8 inches‚ folds‚ in good clean condition. HMS Ville de Paris‚ Off Cadiz‚ 2 September 1798. Signed by Admiral John Jervis‚ Earl St. Vincent (1735-1823) during the blockade of Cadiz‚ notable for the severe repression of a mutiny on board H.M.S.Marlborough during the summer of 1798. But the rarer signature on this document is ‘J.Stockham’‚ almost certainly an early signature of Captain John Stockham‚ who commanded at Trafalgar. Captain John Stockham (1765 – 1814) was an officer in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars‚ whose career is now obscured to the point that very little of his life is known up until 1805‚ when he was suddenly and unexpectedly called upon to command the ship of the line HMS Thunderer at the Battle of Trafalgar. The date he joined the Navy is not known and neither is the ship he joined‚ but it is likely that he was at sea before the end of the American War of Independence and may have seen action there‚ although this can not be proven. He was promoted to lieutenant on 29 April 1797 when he was 32‚ a full fourteen years after the normal age for this promotion.

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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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Trafalgar. PALMER‚ Nisbet‚ Commander. 13098

Trafalgar. PALMER‚ Nisbet‚ Commander.	13098	Manuscript Receipt‚ signed by Nisbet Palmer as Captain of HMS Alacrity‚ listing the Boxes‚ Packages and Letters received for forwarding‚ entrusted to him by Captain Robert Mitford‚ Captain of HM Sloop Espoir. 2 pp. 12½ x 8 inches‚ worn at horizontal folds‚ entirely legible. HMS Alacrity at Palmer Bay [? Palermo Bay]‚ July 1810. A scarce Trafalgar signature on an uncommon ephemeral receipt for ship to ship mail. Commander Nisbet Palmer was Midshipman in the Berwick when she was captured by the French fleet in the Mediterranean in 1795. Lieutenant 1799. He was Lieutenant in HMS Dreadnought at the Battle of Trafalgar‚ following which he was promoted to Commander. He commanded the 18 gun brig Alacrity in her unfortunate action with‚ and capture by‚ the French 20 gun corvette Abeille‚ off Cape St André‚ Corsica‚ on26 May 1811. He was wounded in the hand‚ and died the following month from lockjaw. The letters detailed on this receipt include important documents on their way to England and elsewhere‚ e.g. “Tiger’s Muster Book”‚ “His Serene Highness the Duke of Orleans to the care of Rear Admiral Pickmore‚ Caledonia Cadiz‚ with oil case cover”‚ “To John Wilson Croker Esq. Admiralty London‚ Rear Admiral Sir Samuel Hood’s Journal from the 1 April to the 30 June 1810”.

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TREASURY WARRANT 1810. Commissioners for Raising Seamen at Aberdeen. 13012

TREASURY WARRANT 1810. Commissioners for Raising Seamen at Aberdeen.	13012 TREASURY WARRANT 1810. Commissioners for Raising Seamen at Aberdeen. 13012 Warrant Signed by three Treasury Commissioners‚ the Hon. William Eliot‚ the Hon. Berkeley Paget‚ and Snowden Barne‚ addressed to the Commissioners of His Majesty’s Customs in Scotland‚ about payment of disbursements (dating from 1796) due to the Commissioners for Raising Seamen. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ with some annotated calculations overleaf‚ integral blank leaf‚ docketed. Treasury Chambers‚ 18 December 1810.

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