KEITH, George Keith Elphinstone, Admiral Lord. 15479



Autograph Free Front, signed ‘Keith’ lower left, addressed to J.Sykes in London. 3 x 5 inches, worn at one horizontal crease, otherwise good. Ramsgate, 30 July 1804[?]. An important naval autograph. George Keith Elphinstone, Viscount Keith (1746-1823), admiral, fought in the American War of Independence, and commanded the expedition which took Cape Town (1795-97). In December 1798 he was sent to the Mediterranean as second in command to St.Vincent. Keith landed the army in Aboukir Bay (1801). From 1803 to 1807 he was commander-in-chief in the North Sea, with particular responsibility for coastal defence (including the Channel) in the event of a French invasion. 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.