PURVIS, Admiral John Child. 16562



An original manuscript Naval Order, signed by Purvis as Senior Officer at Cadiz, to Captain Robert Mitford of HM Armed Defence Ship Duchess of Bedford, instructing him to proceed to Tangier Bay, wait ten days after the sailing of the Lord Eldon with cattle for the fleet, and then to bring back to Cadiz “the usual number of good conditioned live Bullocks”. Countersigned by his secretary, George Hayward. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, heavy horizontal folds, otherwise in good clean condition. Given on board the Atlas off Cadiz, 4 October 1807. Admiral John Child Purvis (1746-1825) was a contemporary naval officer of Nelson. His ability as a fighting commander was proved in a bloody duel between his sloop-of-war and a French corvette during the War of American Independence. As a battleship Captain, he was the first British officer to confront Napoleon Bonaparte, muzzle to muzzle, during the Siege of Toulon. Commanding the Princess Royal and then the London, he was involved in much action in the Mediterranean and served under the legendary Sir John Jervis (later Lord St. Vincent). Later, as a Flag Officer, he rejoined the Mediterranean Fleet first as second-in-command and then as Commander-in-Chief. The culmination of his long and distinguished career at sea was saving the Spanish fleet in Cadiz from capture by the French and preparing the city for siege. [Synopsis of: Admiral of the Blue: The Life and Times of Admiral John Child Purvis]