Letters and Papers of Charles, Lord Barham (Volume 1); Admiral of the Red Squadron, 1758-1813

 
9781235737305: Letters and Papers of Charles, Lord Barham (Volume 1); Admiral of the Red Squadron, 1758-1813

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907. Excerpt: ... SIR G. B. RODNEY1 TO MIDDLETON Holograph. Formidable: St. Lucia. 5th April, 1782. My dear Sir,--It is impossible for me not to snatch a few minutes to tell you how we go on in this part of the world. All our diligence availed not; the enemy fought very shy; and when I concluded they intended to come in full force, and was prepared to receive them, as you will perceive by the disposition I made of the fleet, behold they made Antigua, and crept close along Guadeloupe, and Dominica.2 What provokes me is that the whole fleet was at sea, Sir S. Hood and his division off the north end, mine and Drake's division to windward of Point Salines, and several frigates between Martinique and Antigua, at the very time the enemy made the islands--and yet not one saw them. 'Tis provoking, but never mind it; their fate is only delayed a short time, for have it they must and shall. Thank God, by the arrival of the convoy from England, the fleet are now complete in their stores and provisions, and in the highest spirits; and by my intelligence this day the enemy have embarked their troops and near ready to sail. You may be sure I shall watch them attentively, and notwithstanding the very great repairs that many of the fleet I found here were in want of, such has been the diligence of each officer in his different department that all will be ready and complete this very night, though many bowsprits and several lower masts were wanting when we arrived from our cruize. 1 In 1833, as a contribution to the strange controversy on 'breaking the line' then started by Sir Howard Douglas, Sir J. Deas Thomson sent copies of this letter, of Sir Charles Douglas's Narrative, 28th April, 1782 (p. 274) and of his letter, 4th May (p. 283), to the United Service Journal, in which they were pr...

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