Manuscript Order, signed ‘R.Roddam’, to Henry d’Esterre Darby, Captain of His Majesty’s Ship Cyclades, instructing him that in the event of the loss of “any of the Anchors & Cables” belonging to his ship, the bearings and distance are to be communicated to Commissioner Proby at Chatham, and the Clerk of the Cheque at Sheerness, “in order to their being more easily found again”. Countersigned by his secretary. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, slightly toned, in good clean condition, horizontal folds. At the Nore, 25 October 1782. Admiral Robert Roddam (1719-1808) entered the Navy in 1735 and was present during the attack on Cartagena in 1741. He served in the West Indies and at New York, and rose to be commander in chief at the Nore in 1778. Henry D’Esterre Darby (d.1823) commanded the Bellerophon at the Battle of the Nile (1 August 1798).