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.”