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Blake's Remarks on Com. Johnstone's Account of His Engagement

Publication Date: 1782
From G.S. MacManus Co., ABAA (Bryn Mawr, PA, U.S.A.)

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(BATTLE OF PORTO PRAYAL). Blake's Remarks on Com. Johnstone's Account of His Engagement with a French Squadron, under the Command of Mons. de Suffrein, on April 16, 1781, in Port Pray Road, in the Island of St. Jago. London: Printed for J. Debrett, 1782. New ed. 38pp. Modern boards, printed paper spine label, housed in blue morocco backed custom cloth folder. Very old stain to lower free corner of final leaves, else very good. Issued the same year as the first. This copy lacks the map and additional letter from Blake to the Commodore. The pamphlet is a critique of Commodore George Johnstone's account of the Battle of Porto Praya, a naval engagement between the English and French during the American Revolution. "Blake" is a pseudonym. Commodore Johnstone, commander of the British squadron, had many American connections. He had served as governor of West Florida after the French and Indian War, and was part of the peace commission under the Earl of Carlisle which attempted to negotiate with the Continental Congress in 1779. Obtaining a naval command, he was on his way to try to seize the Cape of Good Hope in the spring of 1781 when he was attacked by a French fleet in the Cape Verde Islands. Although the battle was a draw, it was a strategic victory for the French, who beat Johnstone to the Cape while he repaired his ships, and thus reinforced the garrison. Bookseller Inventory # 71572

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Title: Blake's Remarks on Com. Johnstone's Account ...

Publication Date: 1782

Binding: Hardcover

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