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Letters and Papers relating to the First Dutch War, 1652-54 Volume I

Vol 13 (1898), S. R. Gardiner

This remarkable compilation includes both official and private correspondence and papers from a wide variety of sources both English and Dutch (the latter translated), giving an extremely detailed and complete view of all aspects of the war. The first volume extends to August 1652. The translations of many of the Dutch documents are unsatisfactory, and… Read Abstract »

Journals of Sir George Rooke

Vol 9 (1897), O. Browning

This is a conflation of correspondence with a journal kept by Rooke’s secretary (which exists in several versions), all covering his Baltic expedition of 1700, and the attack on Cadiz and Vigo in 1702. Uniquely among the Society’s early issues, this book went out of print almost as soon as it was published, having received… Read Abstract »

Hollond’s Discourses on the Navy, 1638 and 1658

Vol 7 (1896), J R Tanner

John Hollond had a chequered career as a naval administrator, punctuated by his charges of corruption against his colleagues, circulated in these two manuscripts, and their counter-charges against him, but his Discourses are uniquely informative. There is also printed Sir Robert Slyngesbie’s Discourse of the Navy, written in 1660 when he had just become Controller… Read Abstract »

Life of Captain Stephen Martin, 1666-1740

Vol 5 (1895), Sir Clements R Markham

The life, describing service at sea from 1686 to 1714, was actually written by Martin’s son Stephen Martin-Leake, Garter King of Arms, as an appendix to his Life of Admiral Sir John Leake, whose follower, friend, flag-captain, brother-in-law, and heir Captain Martin successively became. In appendices are printed lists of the ships of the Navy… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: Extracts from a Commissioner’s Notebook, Annis 1691-1694

This volume contains documents that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The three for the sixteenth century include English piracy against the Spaniards, a Scottish document about a ship getting under way and the taking of the Madre de Dios in 1592. Two documents from the seventeenth century are a description by Rear… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: A Narrative of the Battle of Santa Cruz, 1657.

Vol 40 (1910), Professor C.H. Firth

This volume contains documents that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The three for the sixteenth century include English piracy against the Spaniards, a Scottish document about a ship getting under way and the taking of the Madre de Dios in 1592. Two documents from the seventeenth century are a description by Rear… Read Abstract »