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Naval Memorandum, signed ‘W.H.Hall’ as Captain of HMS Dragon, confirming the appointment of John Langley as Chief Engineer

by HALL, Admiral Sir William Hutcheon

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Dragon at Woolwich, 5 July 1847. 7 x 8 inches, in good condition, remains of guard where formerly mounted. The uncommon signature of “Nemesis Hall”. Admiral Sir William Hutcheon Hall (1797–1878) served in the First Anglo-Chinese War and Crimean War. In 1816–17, he served as a midshipman under Captain Basil Hall, with whom he attended William Amherst's embassy to China. In November 1839, Hall obtained command of Nemesis of the British East India Company in China, where he served in the First Anglo-Chinese War (1839–43). The ship's first engagement was against Chinese forts and a fleet of junks in the Second Battle of Chuenpee on 7 January 1841.He was Mentioned in Despatches for his part in the battle. He was also present at the Battle of First Bar on 27 February. In commemoration of his service, he was commonly known in the navy as "Nemesis Hall". William Dallas Bernard, an Oxford graduate who studied life and customs in China, used Hall's notes to write… Read more
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On board the Hydra [Mediterranean, probably Gibraltar] August 1810. 1½ pages 11 x 7 inches, in good condition. An uncommon signature. Admiral Sir George Mundy (1777-1861) joined the Navy at a young age and served in several of the principal actions of the French Revolutionary Wars, including the Battles of Cape St. Vincent and The Nile. He subsequently held a succession of frigate commands during the Napoleonic Wars and was active in the blockade of the French coast and in assisting Spanish irregular forces during the Peninsular War.
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Given on board His Majesty’s Ship Minotaur in Leghorn Road, 26 June 1800. 2 pp. 13 x 8 inches, printed heading, integral blank leaf, in very fine condition. George Keith Elphinstone, Viscount Keith (1746-1823), admiral, fought in the American War of Independence, and commanded the expeditions which took Cape Town (1795-97) and landed the army in Aboukir Bay (1801). From 1812 he was commander-in-chief of the Channel Fleet, and had a line of cruisers along the French coast at the time of Waterloo. “And as opportunities will now frequently offer for communication with Minorca, you are also to break up any establishment now existing here, which subjects Government to a standing expence ...”
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Given on board the San Josef off Toulon, 2 July 1811. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, in good condition, horizontal folds. Admiral Sir Charles Cotton (1753-1812) joined the frigate HMS Niger and participated in the Boston campaign in 1775 and Long Island campaign in 1776. In 1777, Cotton took command of the floating battery HMS Vigilant off the Chesapeake and supported the landing of British troops off the river. He was also promoted to lieutenant during the campaign. In 1779 as captain of HMS Boyne Cotton joined the fleet under Sir George Rodney in the West Indies. The following year, Cotton joined Rodney in action at the Battle of Martinique. After the Battle of Trafalgar, Cotton took command of several ships stationed off the Tagus in Portugal. He also planned and executed the seaborne extraction of the 30,000 men of Sir John Moore's army trapped in Galicia. Cotton's plans allowed a fleet to transports to remove the vast majority of the army after they had defeated close French pursuit at the Battle… Read more
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Naval Order Signed, as Rear Admiral of the Red, to Robert Mitford, Commander of HM Sloop Espoir, ordering him to the rendezvous “to deliver the Letters and Dispatches with which you are hereby charged to the Commander in Chief without loss of time”

by MARTIN, Admiral Sir George

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Given on board the Canopus in Palermo Bay, 24 June 1810. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, in good condition, minor tears repaired. Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Martin (1764 –1847) saw service during the American War of Independence, and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. During his long naval career he took part in several significant battles, for which he was awarded a number of honours and promotions; he commanded ships at Cape St Vincent and Cape Finisterre. In June 1809 Martin took possession of Ischia and Procida.
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Naval Order Signed, as Commander in Chief “for the time being” of His Majesty’s...

Naval Order Signed, as Commander in Chief “for the time being” of His Majesty’s Ships and Vessels employed at Barbadoes, the Leeward Islands, &c., ordering a Survey on board HMS Andromeda

by STOPFORD, Admiral Sir Robert

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Given on board the Excellent in English Harbour, Antigua, 4 August 1802. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, dust soiled, left edge worn and brittle. Admiral Sir Robert Stopford (1768-1847) fought throughout the Napoleonic Wars, including the action at San Domingo (1806). He also saw action at Java (1811) and Acre (1840).
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Naval Receipt, signed ‘Exmouth’, acknowledging receipt of Signal Books from Admiral Sir Benjamin Hallowell

by EXMOUTH‚ Admiral Edward Pellew‚ Viscount

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HMS Impregnable, Hamoaze [Plymouth], 28 October 1818. 6 x 8 inches, with a small engraved portrait of Exmouth. In good condition. Admiral Edward Pellew (1757-1833), Viscount Exmouth, served in the Navy from the age of 13, and first attracted notice at the Battle of Lake Champlain (1776). Many of his most brilliant naval actions took place off the French coast after 1798. He was commander-in-chief in India from 1804, and then in 1810 commander-in-chief in the North Sea, with the charge of blockading the enemy’s fleet in the Scheldt. In 1816 he bombarded Algiers to enforce the treaty abolishing Christian slavery.
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