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 for the information of Charles II, and a number of other documents which amplify or explain Hollond’s narrative


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About Joseph Tanner

Joseph Tanner was born 28 July 1860 in Frome, Somerset, and educated at Mill Hill and St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he took a First in History in 1882. He was President of the Cambridge Union Society in Easter Term 1883. He was a Lecturer in History at St. John’s from 1883 to 1921, and lecturer on Indian History to the Indian Civil Service from 1885 to 1893. In 1883 he became a Fellow of St. John’s and was an Assistant Tutor from 1895 to 1900, a Tutor from 1900 to 1912, and Tutorial Bursar, 1900 – 1921. He was Deputy to the Regius Professor of Modern History, 1926-27. He gave the Lees Knowles Lectures on Pepys and the Royal Navy in 1919. He died 15 January 1931 in Aldeborough, Suffolk.

His publications include
• Holland’s Discourses of the Navy (Navy Records Society, 1896).
• A Descriptive Catalogue of the Naval Manuscripts in the Pepysian Library 4 volumes (Navy Records Society, 1903, 1904, 1909, 1922)
• Pepys’ Memoirs of the Royal Navy (1906).
• Samuel Pepys and the Royal Navy (1920).
• Tudor Constitutional Documents, 1485 – 1603 (1922).
• Mr. Pepys, An Introduction to the Diary (1926).
• Pepys Naval Minutes (Navy Records Society, 1926).
• Private Correspondence of Samuel Pepys, 1679 – 1703 (1926).
• English Constitutional Conflicts, 1603 – 1689 (1928).
• Further Correspondence of Samuel Pepys, 1662 – 1679 (1929).
• Constitutional Documents of the Reign of James I (1930).