NAVAL DOCUMENTS -- a collection of autograph letters and documents, 18th and 19th centuries, comprising:
Admiral of the Fleet Sir William PARKER (five autograph letters signed to Admiral Sir John Thomas DUCKWORTH, 18½ pages, folio and 4to, Gibraltar, Greenwich, Portsmouth, Ham, 1799-1802, discussing the sharing of prize money with the Portuguese Navy and other matters relating to prize money, asking him to inform Nelson 'as I have no correspondence with Men so great'; criticising St Vincent's selfishness and the conduct of 'The Great Lord, the Man that stabs Folks in the dark, I mean the late Chief, you know who I mean', and, referring to other senior officers including 'your present Chief as sly as a Fox, and as voracious as a Wolf in Money concerns'; he refers to his own difficulties in the Navy, his recall 'upon charges of misdemeanour and his request to be tried by court martial.
ALS by Sir William Sidney SMITH, to Commissioner Fanshawe, 1 page, folio, London, 1807 concerning the fitting of HMS London; ALS by Vice-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood, to Sir Isaac Heard, London, 1809; ALS by Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, to Captain Poulden, on a 'growing Evil', 1812; ALS by Sir Edward Pelleur (1st Viscount Exmouth), 3 pages, 8vo to Sidney [Smith], on a naval appointment; ALS by Admiral of the Fleet to Mr Whitworth, Admiralty, 1784, regarding the raising of the Royal George.
Five ALS by Admiral of the Fleet John (Jervis), Earl of St Vincent, to the Navy Pay Office, 1788; to unknown correspondent, refusing to see 'the Party, who feels himself aggriev'd', 1 page, 4to, 1803; to Captain (later Admiral Sir George) Parker, 2½ pages, 4to, 1804, giving his views on 'those in the Navy who... rejoice in my political downfall'; to 'My Dear Lord' describing 'the anguish of mind' of his relation Thomas Jervis, 1½ pages, 4to, 1808; to a correspondent concerning 'the receipts ... of our Navigation Concern', 2 pages, 8vo), 1814; LS, 1 page, 4to, 1801 to Admiral Sir Thomas Graves, on naval matters and statement on his service, Victory, off Toulon, 1796 to Evan Nepean; Order, signed by St Vincent, to William Moore, 1798.
Four ALS by [Midshipman] E. Down, HMS Excellent, to his parents, including an account of the action off Cape St Vincent, 8 pages, 4to, 1794-1802; ALS by W. Kennedy, HMS Thetis, Spithead to George Dunlop, 1794; ALS by Admiral Sir John Orde, 4 pages, 4to, 1799 to a fellow Admiral, giving a long defence of his conduct and that of Lord St Vincent.
ALS by Admiral Lord Rodney, 2 pages, 4to, Barbadoes, 1780, to unknown correspondent, giving an account of the French fleet and lamenting 'what are you all doing: no succour yet arriv'd... [they] can now do no harm, they are safe in Port Royal Harbour... in a very bad condition.'
LS by Admiral Lord Anson, 1 page, folio, Portsmouth, 1746, an order for 6 cutters and 2 sets of signal colours; 2 documents signed by Admiral Sir Richard John Strachan (1771); LS by Admiral Sir Peircy Brett (1786); LS by Admiral Viscount Keith (1800); Ds by Admiral sir John Thomas Duckworth (1804); LS by Admiral of the Fleet 1st Baron Gambier (1807); Ds by Admiral Sir Richard Strachan, regarding the Walcheren Expedition (1809); LS by Admiral Viscount Exmouth (1810), LS by Admiral Sir Benjamin Hallowell Carew (1814); Ds by Earl St Vincent 'Signals to be shewn by the lookout ships in the Bay of Brest', 1800, with example in watercolours; and other autograph letters, printed material, a cut signature, and ed. Chadwick, The Graves Papers and other documents relating to The Naval Operations of the Yorktown Campaign, July to October, 1781, New York, 1961, one of a limited edition of 650 copies, with a manuscript copy of the 'Decision of a Council of War, 1781', altogether approximately 47 items.