Naval Order, signed by Martin as Rear Admiral of the Red, to Robert Mitford, Commander of H.M. Sloop Espoir, ordering him to put himself under the Admiral’s command, “pursuant of Instructions from Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood, Commnder in Chief”. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, folds, a few blemishes only. Given on board the Canopus at Palermo, 5 January 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.