Autograph Letter Signed, to Mr. Fitzgerald, about his boys entering the Navy, explaining that for the youngest “it is no easy matter to get him into the Navy as it is impossible to say who may be at the Admiralty at that time …” A good one page example, 7 x 4½ inches, remains of corner mounts on verso. Albemarle Street, 27 January 1853. “I do not think there is any chance of my commanding the Channel Fleet.” Admiral Sir Charles Napier (1786-1860) fought in the Napoleonic Wars and in the Anglo-American War of 1814. He commanded the rocket boats that bombarded Baltimore, providing both the ‘bombs bursting in air’ and ‘the rocket’s red glare’ of Francis Scott Key’s American national anthem. He saw service in Portugal (1833-34), Syria (1840-41), where he commanded a squadron under Sir Robert Stopford. In May 1847 he took command of the western squadron.