RECENT ADDITIONS - NAVAL and a few MILITARY AUTOGRAPHS 1778-1811

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BERESFORD, WILLIAM CARR, VISCOUNT (1768-1854) 1st Marquis of Campo Maior. British General and Marshall in the Portuguese Army: A good autograph letter signed, 2 1/2 pages 4to, to Thomas Sydenham, S'ca Oloin [?] 23rd June 1811.

Item No. 16424

"It was today I asked for the pleasure of your company to dinner ....... we shall have plenty of time to talk over the business, indeed as Lord Wellington does not go out early tomorrow morning I will come over & breakfast with him and if not again interrupted we can converse on the changes to be made .... as far as regards the commissariat I really do not see what further can be done but to proceed to organize one on the principle given in by Ld. Wellington & me. In respect to other matters I can mention to you my general objects for the amelioration of the Portuguese army, but the particulars will be best talked over when & where they can be finally arranged at Lisbon where I trust circumstances will permit of our being together...."

Short edge tear, usual fold marks. Mounting stub to margin of last blank. Good.

£400.00

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DALRYMPLE, CAPTAIN ROBERT, 3rd Foot Guards. Killed at the Battle of Talavera, 28th July 1809: Three autograph letters signed, in all 7-pages 4to with integral address panels, to Thomas Pollard at Livorno.

Item No. 16428

The first dated Naples Jan. 1802 regarding changes to his travel plans and letters of credit.

Item No. 16428

The second, Milan, 12th August 1802 thanking Pollard for his introduction to a Mr. Wollaston at Genoa who had been most helpful.

Item No. 16428

The third, Calais 10th Dec. 1802 as he prepares to embark for England having spent some time in Paris: "It is a very interesting place. But as for News, the commonest Porter in London knows more than what I could possibly do in Paris. I was presented to Bonaparte on Sunday last. His Manners are [.... ....?] & his Court very magnificent. Lord Whitworth was presented at the same time. He is really like an Ambassador. His equipage was very fine & he drove 6 of the most beautiful grey horses I ever saw in my life ..... " etc.

Some paper adhesion to left hand margins, some damage to left hand margin of the first letter, integral address panel holed, mounting stub to margin of last address panel.

£150.00

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GAMBIER, JAMES, BARON (1756-1833) Admiral; ELIOT, WILLIAM, 2ND EARL OF ST. GERMANS (1767-1845); & YOUNG, SIR WILLIAM (1751-1821) Admiral: Printed document on vellum filled in by hand:

Item No. 16476

"By the Commissioners for Executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of Great Britain and Ireland etc. And of all His Majesty's Plantations etc. To Capt. Richard Raggett hereby appointed Captain of His Majesty's Ship the Royal Sovereign ...... Given under our hands and the Seal of the Office of Admiralty this Twenty fourth day of January, 1801".

Signed by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty Admiral James Gambier; William Eliot, 2nd Earl of St Germans; & Admiral Sir William Young .Document on vellum, 12 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches, folded. With wafer Admiralty seal and revenue seal.

Following on from the above appointment as Flag-Captain to Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Harvey, in the Royal Sovereign, a 100-gun first rate ship of the line, Raggett later commanded HMS Leopard and the Africaine frigate. Later in his career he took command of HMS Spencer and during the War of 1812-15 sailed her to North America escorting a convoy to Canada, in 1814 patrolling the Gulf of Maine where he managed to extract ransom from the Cape Cod towns of Eastham and Brewster to avoid his bombardment; the Spencer gaining the sobriquet "Terror of the Bay". HMS Royal Sovereign, as the flag ship of Admiral Collingwood, was the first ship of the fleet in action at Trafalgar.

£250.00

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HUDSON, CHARLES (1732-1803) Captain R.N: Manuscript record of service relating to Richard Raggett signed by Captain Charles Hudson:

Item No. 16475

"These are to Certify The Right Hon'ble The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty or whom else it may Concern That Mr Richard Raggett Served on board His Majesty's late Ship Orpheus under my Command, as Midshipman from the 20th August 1775 to the 5 August 1778 and since that did Duty in the Batteries on Rhode Island and on board of Transports During which time he Conducted himself with Diligence, Sobriety and Obedience to Command, and is a very good Petty Officer. Given under my hand at New York the 16th Sept. 1778. Charles Hudson".

1-page 4to with integral blank; folded. Very good.

*Hudson commanded the "Orpheus" in the New York campaign from 3 July 1776, and in the summer of 1777 at Rhode Island, off Cape Cod, and Cape Ann, where she took several prizes, but on 7 August 1778 she was abandoned and burned at Rhode Island to prevent her capture by the French fleet.In 1801 Raggett was appointed Flag-Captain to Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Harvey, in the Royal Sovereign, a first rate, he later commanded HMS Leopard and the Africaine frigate. Later in his career Captain Raggett took command of HMS Spencer and during the War of 1812-15 sailed her to North America escorting a convoy to Canada, in 1814 patrolling the Gulf of Maine where he managed to extract ransom from the Cape Cod towns of Eastham and Brewster to avoid his bombardment, the Spencer gaining the sobriquet "Terror of the Bay".

£250.00

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NELSON, HORATIO, VISCOUNT (1758-1805). Vice-admiral: Manuscript bill of exchange, signed "Horatio Nelson" (with his right hand).

Item No. 16439

Requesting, "The Hon'ble Commiss'rs for Victualling His Majesty's Navy" to pay Thomas Pollard, his agent at Leghorn, the sum of £60.00, "due to me as Purser of His Majesty's Ship Agamemnon and place the same to the Account of, Gent'n Your most Obd. Hble Serv't, Thomas Fellows" .

With endorsement below "........ three months necessary money is due to Mr. Thomas Fellows Purser of His Majesty's Ship Agamemnon under my command". Signed "Horatio Nelson".

Dated Leghorn, 4th January 1796. 4to, some browning and creasing; holed (burn mark?) affecting several words of the endorsement but not the signature. Partly laid down to part of an album leaf.

£2200.00

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TRIGGE, GENERAL SIR THOMAS (1742? - 1814). Commanded the 12th Regiment of Foot during the Great Siege of Gibraltar: Autograph letter signed, 1-page 8vo with integral address panel addressed to Lieut. Colonel Hely (?) Commanding 11. Regiment. Dated Bastia, Nov. 12 n.y.

Item No. 16442

He writes: "May I trouble you to buy me a set of Bedding. The Mattress rather broad above four feet. Blankets sheets quilt pillow and Bolster, te sheets not very coarse".

Numbered in corner. Creased, some staining, splits to address panel and with mounting stub on margin.

£45.00

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