HALL, Admiral Sir William Hutcheon. 19592



Naval Memorandum, signed ‘W.H.Hall’ as Captain of HMS Dragon, confirming the appointment of John Langley as Chief Engineer. 7 x 8 inches, in good condition, remains of guard where formerly mounted. Dragon at Woolwich, 5 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).