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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.

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 »

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

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 »

Letters and Papers of Charles, Lord Barham, 1758-1813, Vol. I

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 »

The Recollections of Commander James Anthony Gardner, 1775-1814

The editors began their introduction to this volume by remarking that it contains ‘very little history, as commonly understood’ -by which they meant the history of naval operations. Gardner’s Service career was undistinguished for reasons which can easily be inferred from his stories, but he was clearly a convivial shipmate, and as a raconteur of… Read Abstract »

The Correspondence of Admiral John Markham, 1801-1807

Vol 28 (1904), Sir Clements R. Markham

During these years Markham was a member of the Admiralty Board, for the latter period the senior naval lord, and this volume consists chiefly of private letters written to him by senior officers. The volume gives a full and candid impression of developments below the surface of public business, ashore and afloat.

Letters and Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas Byam Martin, 1773-1854, Volume I

Admiral Hamilton edited three volumes of Byam Martin’s papers which were issued out of sequence. Half this volume consists of another autobiographical collection, ‘Reminiscences and Notes’, written after those in Vol III but dealing with his early life up to 1794. These are followed by correspondence of his father illustrating his entry into the Navy… Read Abstract »

Journals and letters of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas Byam Martin, 1773-1854 Volume II

Admiral Hamilton edited three volumes of Byam Martin’s papers which were issued out of sequence. This volume consists of journals, public and private correspondence dealing with the years 1808 to 1812, when Martin was a captain in Saumarez’s fleet in the Baltic, and 1812 to 1813, when he was Lord Keith’s second-in-command and responsible for… Read Abstract »

Journal of Rear Admiral Bartholomew James, 1725-1728

An autobiography expanded from his memory and journals by a genial and eccentric officer, dealing mainly with his service as a junior officer during the American War (including the siege of Yorktown), and his subsequent career commanding, merchantmen, privateers, transports and men-of-war up to the peace of 1801.    

Letters of Lord Hood, 1781-1782

Vol 3 (1895), D Hannay

These letters were written by the then Rear-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood in 1781-1783; some are his official reports to the Admiralty, others private letters, chiefly to his friend George Jackson, Second Secretary of the Admiralty, in which he freely gives his low opinion of his successive senior officers, Graves and Rodney. There is also some… Read Abstract »

The Naval Miscellany, Volume II: Orders by Sir John Jervis, 1797.

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: Operations on the Coast of Egypt, 1810.

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 »