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The Naval Miscellany, Volume III

This Miscellany contains several documents that were in private ownership and range from 1656 to 1815 and are mainly related to naval operations. There are documents relating to the raid on the Dutch coast in 1666 and letters from Blake to Montague on operational matters in 1756; a discussion on whether to prosecute the likely… Read Abstract »

The Letters and Papers of Admiral Viscount Keith, Volume I

Vol 62 (1926), W.G. Perrin

George Keith Elphinstone, Lord Keith (1746-1823) was a Scottish naval officer who entered the navy as a penurious midshipman towards the end of the Seven Years War. He had a long career at sea, during which he missed taking part in any major battle, but held major commands throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (except… Read Abstract »

The Letters of Lord St. Vincent, 1801-1804, Volume II

Vol 61 (1926), D. Bonner-Smith

These volumes present letters and other documents of St Vincent’s period as First Lord of the Admiralty, the most controversial and politically-heated of any during the time of the sailing navy. They are taken from his out-letter books, and do not include the replies. Unusually for Society volumes, the editor selected only a part of… Read Abstract »

Private Papers of George, 2nd Earl Spencer, 1794-1801, Volume IV

Spencer was First Lord of the Admiralty 1794-1801, virtually throughout the wars against Revolutionary France, and his correspondence with officers and politicians is of central importance to the naval history of the times. These volumes continue Spencer’s correspondence up to 1801 when he left office with the fall of Pitt’s ministry. This includes St Vincent… Read Abstract »

Private Papers of George, 2nd Earl Spencer, 1794-1801, Volume III

Spencer was First Lord of the Admiralty 1794-1801, virtually throughout the wars against Revolutionary France, and his correspondence with officers and politicians is of central importance to the naval history of the times. These volumes continue Spencer’s correspondence up to 1801 when he left office with the fall of Pitt’s ministry. Topics include Admiral Bruix’s… Read Abstract »

The Letters of Lord St. Vincent, 1801-1804, Volume I

Vol 55 (1921), Ed. D. Bonner-Smith

These volumes present letters and other documents of St Vincent’s period as First Lord of the Admiralty, the most controversial and politically-heated of any during the time of the sailing navy. They are taken from his out-letter books, and do not include the replies. Unusually for Society volumes, the editor selected only a part of… Read Abstract »

Documents relating to the Law and Custom of the Sea, Volume II, 1649-1767

Vol 50 (1916), R.G. Marsden

A collection of legal cases and precedents dealing with aspects of maritime and naval law such as piracy, prizes and prize goods, letters of marque and reprisal, contraband, ransom, convoy, and impressment. The volumes cover 1205-1648 and 1649-1767 respectively. This volume covers the years 1649-1767.

Private Papers of George, 2nd Earl Spencer, 1794-1801, Volume II

Vol 48 (1914), J.S. Corbett

Spencer was First Lord of the Admiralty 1794-1801, virtually throughout the wars against Revolutionary France, and his correspondence with officers and politicians is of central importance to the naval history of the times. This volume covers 1797 and 1798, including the great mutinies, the abandonment and re-occupation of the Mediterranean, the battles of Camperdown and… Read Abstract »

Private Papers of George, 2nd Earl Spencer, 1794-1801, Volume I

Vol 46 (1913), J.S Corbett.

Spencer was First Lord of the Admiralty 1794-1801, virtually throughout the wars against Revolutionary France, and his correspondence with officers and politicians is of central importance to the naval history of the times. This volume runs up to the battle of St Vincent in 1797, including the Quiberon and West Indian expeditions.

Papers relating to the Loss of Minorca, 1756

Vol 42 (1911), Captain. H.W. Richmond

A collection formed by the Admiralty in its own defence after Byng had allowed the island to fall, but before he was tried. It contains most of the official papers of importance, but the selection naturally supports the official line.

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II

This 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 Admiral… Read Abstract »

Letters and Papers of Charles, Lord Barham, 1758-1813, Volume III

Charles Middleton was one of the most interesting, influential and unlikeable characters in the British naval history. As Controller of the Navy 1778-1790, a member of the Admiralty Board 1794-95, and First Lord 1805-06, as well as the confidential naval adviser of several prime ministers, he played a decisive part in reform and centralization of… Read Abstract »