The inscriptions read:
Presented pursuant to the resolution of a public meeting held at the City of London Tavern on the 27 July 1833. To Charles Napier, Count and Viscount of Cabo de San Vincente, one of the council of Her Most Faithful Majesty, The Queen of Portugal, Knight Grand Cross of the most ancient military order of the Tower and Sword, Admiral and Major General of all Her Most Faithful Majesty's forces, in token of admiration of the gallantry and skill displayed by him in the Brilliant Action of the 5th July 1833, wherein he acquired the distinction of one of the most exalted heroes in naval history
Charles Napier (1782-1853), a military hero, began his successful army career at the age of 12 as lieutinant of the 89th regiment. He served as colonel to the British army in Lisbon, Bermuda, and Greece and most notably as general officer in India, leading the troops in the campaign against Sind and conquering the region in 1843. This victory and his establishment of a civil government at Sind launched Napier's political career. Napier was also a prolific writer, publishing books on various topics, from military law and politics to literary romance. He died of liver disease before finishing his most significant work, Defects, Civil and Military, of the Indian Government which was completed and published posthumously by his brother William.