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ADAM Admiral Sir Charles. 15852

ADAM Admiral Sir Charles.	15852	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 board & a suffficient quantity is not yet come...”

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ADAM‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 15853

ADAM‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	15853	Naval Order Signed by Adam as Captain of HMS Resistance and Senior Officer on the North Coast of Spain‚ to the Master and Purser of HMS Volage and the Purser of HMS Resistance‚ ordering a Survey following the suspension of the Purser of HM Sloop Espoir. 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ in good condition‚ horizontal folds. On board HMS Resistance‚ Palermo Bay‚ 24 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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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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AYSCOUGH‚ John‚ Captain R.N. 15857

AYSCOUGH‚ John‚ Captain R.N.	15857	Autograph Naval Order‚ signed by John Ayscough as Captain of HMS Success‚ to Robert Mitford‚ Commander of HM Sloop Espoir‚ giving detailed sailing instructions “in case of parting Company”‚ emphasising the need to gather intelligence about the enemy strength at various places off the Italian coast‚ “whether in your opinion they could be attacked with a prospect of success”. 1 page 12 x 7 inches‚ folds‚ in good condition. On board HMS Success‚ off Capri‚ 5 May 1810. An original order issued one month after a significant naval action in the Mediterranean. Rear Admiral John Ayscough (1775-1864). On the 4th of April 1810‚ at 1 p.m.‚ the British 12-pounder 32-gun frigate Success‚ Captain John Ayscough‚ and 18-gun brig-sloop Espoir‚ Captain Robert Mitford‚ while running along the coat of Calabria‚ abreast of Castiglione‚ discovered three vessels on the beach and men loading them. Considering the destruction of these vessels an object worth attempting‚ Captain Ayscough despatched on that service the boats of the Success and Espoir‚ under the orders of Lieutenant George Rose Sartorius‚ third of the frigate‚ assisted by Lieutenant Robert Olives‚ of the Espoir‚ and master's mates George Lewis Coates and Richard Peace. Just as the British had arrived within musket-shot of the shore‚ three of the boats struck on a sunken reef and swamped ; whereby two of the Espoir's seamen were drowned‚ and the ammunition of all in the three boats was wetted and spoiled. The officers and men swam to the beach with their cutlasses in their mouths. At this moment a fire was opened upon them from two long 6-pounders and four wall-pieces ; which‚ having been secreted behind the rocks‚ were not perceived till the boats grounded. Regardless of this‚ Lieutenant Sartorius and his party rushed on‚ and obliged the enemy to desert the guns and retreat to some adjacent houses ; from the windows of which‚ until dislodged and driven to the mountains‚ the enemy maintained a fire of musketry. The British then spiked the two 6-pounders‚ and destroyed their carriages ; and‚ having set fire to two laden vessels already stove‚ and recovered their three swamped boats‚ the party returned on board with no greater additional loss than two marines wounded.

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BEECHEY‚ Frederick William. 15207

BEECHEY‚ Frederick William.	15207 Presentation Signature “HMS Blossom‚ F.W.Beechey‚ Nov 28th 1853” on half sheet embossed ‘Royal Geographical Society’ upper left. 3½ x 4½ inches‚ lightly mounted on part album page. Royal Geographical Society‚ London‚ 28 November 1853. Frederick William Beechey (1796-1856)‚ naval officer and explorer. In 1818 he served under Lieutenant (afterwards Sir) John Franklin in David Buchan's Arctic expedition‚ of which at a later period he published a narrative. In the following year he accompanied Lieutenant W. E. Parry in HMS Hecla. In 1825‚ Beechey was appointed to command the HMS Blossom. His task was to explore the Bering Strait in concert with Franklin and Parry operating from the east. The whole voyage lasted more than three years and in the course of it Beechey discovered several islands in the Pacific. In 1831 there appeared his Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Berings Strait to Co-operate with the Polar Expeditions‚ 1825-1828. In 1854‚ he was made rear-admiral‚ and in the following year was elected president of the Royal Geographical Society.

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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. 15670

BOYLES‚ Vice-Admiral Charles.	15670	Manuscript Naval Order Signed‚ to Robert Mitford‚ His Majesty’s Sloop Espoir‚ ordering him to proceed to Palermo with a letter for Rear Admiral Fremantle. 1 page 12 x 8 inches. HMS Trident at Malta‚ 8 November 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.

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BOYS‚ Commodore William. 15191

BOYS‚ Commodore William.	15191 Letter Signed ‘W.Boys’‚ while commanding a Channel squadron watching for the French fleet at Dunkirk‚ to Captain Tinker [commanding HM Frigate Argo]‚ enquiring whether it would be practical that “a Bomb may be brought near enough to throw Shells and Carcasses in among the flat bottomed Boats‚ and be covered from the Enemies Batteries.” 1 page 12 x 8 inches‚ in good condition‚ light toning‚ integral blank leaf docketed ‘Commander Boys letter’. HMS Chesterfield‚ Downes‚ 3 June 1759. The rare signature of Commodore William Boys (c.1700-1774)‚ who was one of the few survivors of one of the most notorious maritime incidents of the eighteenth century‚ the fire on the Luxborough Galley‚ a slaver‚ in mid-Atlantic in June 1727. Boys was second mate‚ having already served with the Royal Navy for ten years. The gruesome details of the cannibalism which followed were published‚ and the incident became the subject of an account by William Boys’ son in 1787: An account of the loss of the Luxborough Galley‚ by fire‚ on her voyage from Jamaica to London: with the sufferings of her crew‚ in the year 1727. Commodore William Boys rose through the ranks to become Lieutenant Governor of Greenwich Hospital.

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BREMER‚ Rear-Admiral Sir James John Gordon. 16140

BREMER‚ Rear-Admiral Sir James John Gordon.	16140	An original Admiralty Memorandum Signed by Gordon Bremer as Commodore‚ to Captain Hall of HMS Dragon‚ forwarding the Admiralty’s decision following a First Engineer’s request for a discharge. 6 x 8 inches‚ in good condition‚ traces of mounting. H.M. William & Mary‚ Woolwich‚ 11 May 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.

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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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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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COTTON‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 16160

COTTON‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	16160	Letter Signed ‘C.Cotton’‚ while serving as Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean‚ to Captain Robert Mitford of the Espoir‚ instructing him to take public Dispatches to Cabrera‚ and “take upon yourself charge of the Service of watching the french Prisoners on the Island of Cabrera”‚ until arrangements for their removal can be arranged with the Regency. Countersigned by John Day. 2 pp. 12 x 8 inches‚ some water stains. Printed heading. HMS San Josef off Toulon‚10 July 1810. 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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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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DIXON‚ Rear Admiral Manley Hall. 15217

DIXON‚ Rear Admiral Manley Hall.	15217 Original Memorandum‚ signed ‘Manley H.Dixon’‚ to Captain W.H.Hall‚ HM Steam Frigate Dragon‚ about “the Marine Clothing required for the Steam Frigate you command”. 7 x 8 inches‚ right margin ragged‚ otherwise good. Crocodile at Cork‚ 19 July 1849. Manley Hall Dixon (1786-1864) served in the Navy throughout the Napoleonic Wars‚ including several gallant actions in the Mediterranean and the West Indies. He also served as flag captain to his father on the Baltic and South American stations. 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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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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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‚ Rear Admiral George Heneage. 15847

DUNDAS‚ Rear Admiral George Heneage.	15847 Naval Order Signed by Dundas as Captain of HMS Euryalus‚ to Captain Robert Mitford of HM Sloop Espoir‚ ordering him to proceed with Letters and join Sir Charles Cotton off Toulon‚ and then rejoin Dundas “on the East Coast of Sardinia”. 1 page 12 x 7½ inches‚ horizontal folds‚ very light staining‚ in good condition. On board the Euryalus‚ “off Magdalena”‚ 20 June 1811. Rear Admiral George Heneage Lawrence Dundas (1778 – 1834)‚ after active naval service from 1800‚ took command of the 38-gun Apollo class frigate Euryalus in January 1806.

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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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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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FROUDE‚ William. 15960

FROUDE‚ William.	15960	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Blachford‚ referring to his recent visit to the Mediterranean on the trial ship Devastation‚ an anxious journey with his brother’s invalid daughter‚ and other matters. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. Athenaeum Club‚ 25 May 1875. “... after staying a couple of days to report progress at the Admiralty‚ hurried home to see my brother a couple of days before his departure for Africa.” 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‚ 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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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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GREEN‚ James‚ Consul General at Tangier. 15668

GREEN‚ James‚ Consul General at Tangier.	15668	Autograph Letter Signed ‘James Green’‚ to Vice Admiral Berkeley [in Lisbon]‚ about the difficulties attending the shipment of oxen‚ the attempt to supply mules (”an important service to our Army in Spain”)‚ the exorbitant terms insisted upon by “his Imperial Majesty”‚ the Emperor of Morocco. 2½ pages 12½ x 7½ inches‚ folds‚ in good condition. Tangier [Morocco]‚ 23 August 1809. “Mr Israel no doubt has Communicated to you‚ the exorbitant terms his Imperial Majesty has impelled the Poor Jews of Tetuan to pay for 200 Mules not worth Ten dollars each‚ namely One hundred hard Dollars per head‚ with a permission to export that number‚ for to export the mules he sent them‚ was entirely out of the Question‚ being of a small size and mostly lame or blind ...” However‚ Green goes on to say that he has managed to secure 200 at 55 dollars each‚ being aware of “the very urgent necessity of our Army for this supply.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MARIGNY‚ Bernard de‚ Vice Admiral. 15589

MARIGNY‚ Bernard de‚ Vice Admiral.	15589 A lengthy Autograph Letter Signed ‘Bernard Marigny’‚ to the Prefect of Finisterre‚ recalling his own naval service‚ setting out his case for the various salary payments still due. In French. 1 page‚10 x 7½ inches‚ inlaid‚ with a few marginal blemishes and paper weaknesses‚ but complete. Undated. Charles-René-Louis‚ vicomte de Bernard de Marigny (1740 - 1816‚ Brest)‚ French vice admiral‚ grand-cross of the ordre de Saint-Louis and commander of the Brest fleet. In late 1777‚ he was appointed to the frigate Belle Poule and tasked with ferrying Benjamin Franklin to the Americas. Frankly was returning from a trip to France in which he had requested French support on behalf of the Congress. On 7 January 1778‚ Belle Poulle was intercepted by HMS Hector and HMS Courageux at 45° 46 N 8° W. The ships manoeuvered as to take Belle Poule in a crossfire and demanded that Marigny put a boat to sea‚ which he refused. A British ship then sent a boat and asked "Who are you‚ where do you come from‚ where are you sailing?"‚ to which Marigny replied: “I am the Belle Poule‚ frigate of the King of France; I come from the sea and I go to the sea; the ships of the King‚ my master‚ never submit to inspection.” After some negotiation‚ the British officer stated that he had confused Belle Poule for a ship of the revolted colonies masquerading as a French ship.

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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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MAY‚ William Henry‚ Admiral of the Fleet. 15799

MAY‚ William Henry‚ Admiral of the Fleet.	15799	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Mr. Wyllie [the naval artist]‚ thanking him for the picture now hanging in his cabin‚ and commenting on it. 2½ pages‚ in good condition‚ one filing hole. HMS King Edward VII‚ Atlantic Fleet‚ 24 January 1907. “I am pleased that my eye did not deceive me & that you found from your diagram that each ship was turned a little too much to port. The picture looks very well & the King Edward VII advancing at the head of the line very nice.”Admiral of the Fleet Sir William Henry May (1849 –1930). As a junior officer he took part an expedition to rescue Commander Albert Markham who had got into difficulty trying to reach the North Pole via Smith Sound‚ the sea passage between Greenland and Canada's northernmost island‚ Ellesmere Island. May went on to higher command and served as Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy before becoming Commander-in-Chief‚ Atlantic Fleet. Later he became Commander-in-Chief‚ Home Fleet‚ in which capacity he encouraged innovative ways of organising his huge fleet including the deployment of cruising formations‚ the use of fast squadrons and tactical command at squadron level rather than fleet level‚ and then became Commander-in-Chief‚ Plymouth.

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MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA‚ Louis‚ 1st Earl. 15824

MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA‚ Louis‚ 1st Earl.	15824	Typed Letter Signed “yours sincerely‚ Mountbatten of Burma”‚ to Professor Franklyn Johnson‚ raising questions about the proposed shortened version of their book Defence By Ministry‚ with his own view about “the ultimate goal” of the control of the Army‚ Navy and Air Force. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ filing holes at the head of each page‚ paperclip marks‚ otherwise good. Broadlands‚ Romsey‚ 30 November 1965. 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. “What is more I do not believe we have reached the ultimate goal yet‚ for the next stpe is the functionalising of the departments of the Ministry of Defence‚ that is to say that the Ministers should be responsible not for the Army‚ the Navy and the Air Force‚ but for personnel and logistics and research development and production. I also feel that the Ministry of Aviation must be absorbed into the new enlarged Ministry of Defence.”

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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‚ Admiral Sir Charles. 16141

NAPIER‚ Admiral Sir Charles.	16141	An original Memorandum‚ signed ‘Chas Napier’ as Rear Admiral and Commander in Chief‚ to Captain William Hall of HMS Dragon‚ ordering him to receive 10 Supernumerary Boys 1st Class from the St. Vincent‚ with instructions for their registration. 6 x 8 inches‚ remains of guard‚ in good condition. HMS St. Vincent‚ Lisbon‚ 2 January 1847. 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). 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. HMS Queen‚ mid Atlantic‚ 1800. 16228

NAPOLEONIC WARS. HMS Queen‚ mid Atlantic‚ 1800.	16228	Autograph Letter Signed by Gregory Mackenzie‚ serving on board HMS Queen‚ to his father in Edinburgh‚ describing the boarding and searching of the Danish vessel General Abbiston “homeward bound from Tranquebar [a Danish colony in India]”‚ and asking for news from home. 3 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ in fine condition‚ address panel‚ London to Edinburgh 8d charge. Queen‚ Atlantic Ocean‚ Lat 5 - 33N‚ Saturday 4 pm June 7th 1800. The Danish vessel General Abbiston‚ bound for Copenhagen‚ via an English or Scottish port‚ was found to be an ally‚ not an enemy ship‚ so Gregory Mackenzie entrusts this letter to the Captain (annotation: “per Captain Livingston‚ General Abbiston”). HMS Queen was a three-deck 90-gun second-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy‚ launched in 1769. Queen fought at the First Battle of Ushant under Keppel in 1778‚ and the Second Battle of Ushant under Kempenfelt in 1781. In 1794 she fought in the Glorious First of June under Howe‚ where she served as Rear-Admiral Alan Gardner's flagship. “... as he did not lay to‚ on our making signals‚ we came up with him about 12 night & sent some of our officers on board to search him from the strong suspicions entertained of his being an enemy - which he has turned out not to be ...”

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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. 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. 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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NELSON‚ Horatio. 16124

NELSON‚ Horatio.	16124	Captain’s Certificate‚ signed ‘Horatio Nelson’ as Captain of HMS Boreas‚ certifying “that Mr John Gore served as Carpenter of His Majesty’s Ship under My Command from the 24th of March 1784 to the date hereof‚ during which time he complied with the General printed Instructions‚ and never absented himself from Duty ...” 9 x 7 inches‚ small blank piece torn away at upper edge‚ folds and toning‚ some faded passages of text‚ ‘Nelson’ faint but clear‚ removed from an old frame. Given under my hand on board His Majesty’s Ship Boreas at Sheerness‚ 30 November 1787. Signed as a 29 year old Captain by Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)‚ England’s most famous sailor‚ victor of the Battle of Trafalgar. Captains’ certificates of conduct are often worn and stained‚ because they were valuable letters of reference to be kept among the seaman’s possessions for his entire career. Nelson had married Frances Nisbet at Nevis in March 1787. The Boreas was ordered home at the end of May. The ship was paid off in December 1787‚ and this signed certificate would have formed part of that process.

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NELSON‚ Horatio. 16137

NELSON‚ Horatio.	16137	An original Manuscript Order Signed with his left hand ‘Nelson & Bronte’‚ to Lord Mark Kerr‚ Captain of HMS Fisguard‚ ordering repairs to his ship so that she is “in a State for immediate Service”‚ giving detailed orders for HMS Fisguard and HMS Amazon to “take charge of the Victuallers and Coal Ships intended for the Fleet under My Command” and convoy them to Rendezvous 97 [south of San Sebastian]. The Order is written (and also signed) by John Scott‚ Nelson’s secretary. 2 pp. 12½ x 8 inches‚ folds‚ in very fine clean condition. Given on board the Victory at Sea [off Toulon]‚ 14 March 1805. Recently discovered. A fine bold example of the signature of Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) issuing orders on board HMS Victory to one of his frigate Captains‚ Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Lord Mark Kerr (1776-1840). Lord Mark Kerr‚ third son of the fifth Marquess of Lothian‚ had served with Macartney’s Embassy to China in 1792 and at the capture of Minorca in 1798. Kerr’s ship‚ HMS Fisguard‚ was a 44 gun frigate built by the French as La Résistance in 1793 and taken in to British service after being captured at the Battle of Fishguard in 1797. This Order illustrates Nelson’s dogged pursuit of the French Fleet‚ and refers to HMS Fisguard & Amazon as being “particularly wanted at this important moment”. After the French breakout from Toulon and their return on 21 January‚ Nelson had eventually returned to his blockade station off Toulon on 13 March‚ after a voyage across two thousand miles in pursuit of the French fleet. The document ends with a postscript: “The Ships that bring up the Victuallers and Coal Ships above mentioned must be of sufficient force to protect them agains two french frigates which I understand are at Cathagena.”

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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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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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PURVIS‚ Admiral John Child. 16159

PURVIS‚ Admiral John Child.	16159	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 Lisbon with a letter for Mr. Setaro‚ and to return with as many Bullocks as possible‚ insisting that the Bullocks be treated carefully on board. 2 pp. 12 x 8 inches‚ horizontal folds‚ occasional light stains only. Given on board the Atlas off Cadiz‚ 1 July 1807. “... as many Bullocks to be procured as can conveniently (without crowding) be placed in the Ship; in the perfomance of this Service there requires some address and good management‚ lest the Emissaries of the Enemy take means to prevent future Supplies ...” 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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RAINIER‚ Admiral Peter. 15932

RAINIER‚ Admiral Peter.	15932	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Peter Rainier’‚ as Commander in Chief‚ East Indies‚ to the Marquis Wellesley‚ Governor General at Fort William‚ India‚ marked “Private and most confidential”‚ revealing the Admiral’s secret arrangements for Wellesley’s eventual departure from India‚ with secret orders to Captain Lambert “to receive on board and accommodate Your Excellency‚ Suite and Baggage for a passage to England”. 4 pp. 9½ x 8 inches‚ minor blemishes only‚ small blank piece torn from lower edge‚ in good condition. Docketed on receipt. HMS Trident‚ Prince of Wales Island [now Penang]‚ 24 January 1805. Admiral Peter Rainier (1741-1808) was commander in chief in the East Indies from 1793. In March 1796 he captured the islands of Amboyna and Banda Neira‚ with enormous booty‚ the admiral’s share providing him with a fortune. His fleet guarded the British settlements in the East Indies‚ giving security to the profitable spice trade. In 1795‚ Rainier was promoted to Rear-Admiral. Four years later‚ he was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. He served in the East Indies as Commodore and commander-in-chief until 1805‚ when he returned to England and retired from active duty. Mount Rainier in Washington‚ USA‚ was named after him. Richard Colley Wellesley‚ 1st Marquess Wellesley (1760-1842)‚ Governor General of India from 1798‚ tendered his resignation more than once. In the event public necessities led him to postpone his departure from India until 15 August 1805.

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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. 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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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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SHOVELL‚ Admiral Sir Clowdisley‚ and others. 15603

SHOVELL‚ Admiral Sir Clowdisley‚ and others.	15603 Letter Signed by Clowdisley Shovell‚ Richard Haddock‚ and Daniel Furzer (Surveyor of the Navy)‚ and others‚ to the Clerk of the Cheque‚ Her Majesty’s Yard at Portsmouth‚ ordering the payment to be made for the carriage of the “New Castles Mens Cloaths and Bedding” by waggon to Portsmouth‚ receipt having now been acknowledged by Captain Martin of HMS The Prince George. 1 page 12 x 7 inches‚ an attractive document in fine condition‚ with the integral blank leaf. The Navy Office‚ 31 January 1703. Admiral Sir Clowdisley Shovell (1650-1707). His naval career included the capture of Gibraltar and the action off Malaga (1704). Admiral and Commander in Chief in 1705. He failed in the attack on Toulon (1707) and was lost on the return voyage when the ship struck a rock in fog. The document is also signed by Captain Sir Richard Haddock‚ Dennis Liddell‚ Daniel Furzer‚ Henry Greenhill‚ and Charles Sergison.

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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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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. 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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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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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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