9 June 2004
[WHITELOCKE, John (1757-1833)]. The Trial at Large of Gen. Whitelocke, Late Commander in Chief of the Forces in South America, by a General Court Martial, Held at Chelsea Hospital, on Thursday, January 28, 1808... Taken by Blanchard and Ramsay. London: Printed for R. Faulder and Son, R. Lea, Wilkie and Robinson et al, 1808.
8o (218 x 132 mm). Half-title. Three engraved folding plans. Modern cream calf.
One of numerous contemporary accounts of the trial of Whitelocke, first issue with pp.215-216 blank, preceded by announcement that the final decision will be announced in the Gazette. In May 1807, Whitelocke arrived at Buenos Aires to take overall command of British troops. Two months later, Whitelock left a garrison at Montevideo and attacked Buenos Aires. He lost more than half his force, he realized it was no longer possible to hold the province. Whitelocke then signed an agreement for the mutual restoration of prisoners and the withdrawal of British forces from the province. As a result, Sir Home Popham, who'd led the initial charge with Spanish Colonials against the Spanish, and Whitelocke were court-martialled. Sabin 103678.
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