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