Naval Order Signed, as Rear Admiral of the Red, to Robert Mitford, Commander of HM Sloop Espoir, ordering him to the rendezvous “to deliver the Letters and Dispatches with which you are hereby charged to the Commander in Chief without loss of time”. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, in good condition, minor tears repaired. Given on board the Canopus in Palermo Bay, 24 June 1810. Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Martin (1764 –1847) saw service during the American War of Independence, and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. During his long naval career he took part in several significant battles, for which he was awarded a number of honours and promotions; he commanded ships at Cape St Vincent and Cape Finisterre. In June 1809 Martin took possession of Ischia and Procida.