BOYLES, Vice-Admiral Charles. 20364



Naval Order Signed ‘Cha: Boyles’, to Captain Robert Mitford of H.M. Sloop Espoir, thanking him for the care taken in salvaging Government stores from the wreck of the Christian Transport in Palma Bay. 2 pp. 12 x 8 inches, left edge a little ragged, some light staining, some passages faint but entirely legible. HMS Canopus, Palermo Bay, 24 May 1811. Boyles was the young midshipman who became a close friend and mentor to Horatio Nelson when he joined the Raisonable in 1771. “Boyles was his favourite and he probably assumed the role of protective older brother. Five years Horace’s senior he was a lively Norfolk lad whose father, the collector of customs at Wells, was known to the Nelson-Suckling families … he was capable too: he became a post-captain in 1790, distinguished himself in Calder’s action with the French in 1805 and reached flag rank a year later.” [John Sugden Nelson: A Dream of Glory, p 50]. Vice-Admiral Charles Boyles (1756-1816) became a rear-admiral in 1809 and from 1810 to 1812 served in the Mediterranean. He became a vice-admiral in 1814.