Books

Letters and Papers of Admiral the Hon. Samuel Barrington, Volume I

Vol 77 (1937), D. Bonner-Smith

Samuel Barrington (1729-1800), a son of the first Viscount Barrington, entered the Royal Navy in 1740. He was posted in 1747 and eventually was promoted to Admiral in 1787. Papers in the possession of Barrington’s collateral descendants form these two volumes and cover his naval career. They comprise order books (1747-71), a private letter book… Read Abstract »

The Private Papers of John, Earl Sandwich, 1771-1782, Volume III, 1780-1782

The Fourth Earl of Sandwich was First Lord of the Admiralty (for the third time in his long career) from 1771 to 1782. Blamed by the Whig opposition for many of the disasters of the American War, he was additionally loaded by 19th-century Whig historians with the false image of a corrupt libertine. It was… Read Abstract »

The Tomlinson Papers

Vol 74 (1936), J.G. Bullocke

The first part of the volume contains a selection from the correspondence and papers of Lt Robert Tomlinson between 1768 and 1796, together with his essays on naval manning and timber preservation. Robert Tomlinson was a protégé and loyal supporter of Sir Edward (later Lord) Hawke. He provided the parliamentary opposition with evidence with which… Read Abstract »

The Private Papers of John, Earl Sandwich, 1771-1782, Volume II, 1778-1780

Vol 71 (1933), G.R. Barnes , J.H. Owen

The Fourth Earl of Sandwich was First Lord of the Admiralty (for the third time in his long career) from 1771 to 1782. Blamed by the Whig opposition for many of the disasters of the American War, he was additionally loaded by 19th-century Whig historians with the false image of a corrupt libertine. It was… Read Abstract »

The Byng Papers, Volume III

Vol 70 (1933), W.C.B. Tunstall

The full title of these three volumes is misleading. The project to publish the papers of Sir George Byng (1663-1733) and his fourth son John (1704-1757) was never completed. Brian Tunstall completed three volumes, but the latest document to appear in the third volume was only dated 1717. An intended fourth volume of the papers,… Read Abstract »

The Private Papers of John, Earl Sandwich, 1771-1782. Volume I, 1770-1778

Vol 69 (1932), G.R. Barnes , J.H. Owen

The Fourth Earl of Sandwich was First Lord of the Admiralty (for the third time in his long career) from 1771 to 1782. Blamed by the Whig opposition for many of the disasters of the American War, he was additionally loaded by 19th-century Whig historians with the false image of a corrupt libertine. It was… 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 »

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 »