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 …”