Letters and Papers of Charles, Lord Barham: 1758-1813, Vol. II, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Letters and Papers of Charles, Lord Barham

1758-1813, Vol. II, 1st Edition

By Sir John Knox Laughton


466 pages

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Charles Middleton was one of the most interesting, influential and unlikeable characters in the British naval history. As Controller of the Navy 1778-1790, a member of the Admiralty Board 1794-95, and First Lord 1805-06, as well as the confidential naval adviser of several prime ministers, he played a decisive part in reform and centralization of naval administration over thirty years, and was finally (at the age of eighty) responsible for guiding the Trafalgar campaign.

In this volume are printed correspondence and papers dealing with the latter part of Middleton ‘s period as Controller of the Navy (1779-90), particularly bearing on naval administration and the reform thereof.

Table of Contents


Correspondence, 1779-82, with the Earl of Sandwich

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1779-82 ; including letters to Lord George Germain and Lord Shelburne

Letters from Commissioner Laforey, 1780-88, with enclosures from Captain Charles Thompson, Sir Hyde Parker, Sir George Rodney, Lord Howe

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1783 ; including letters to or from William Pitt, Lord Keppel, Lord Howe, Mr.Stephens, the Treasury, the King

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1784 ; including letters to or from Lord Howe, Sir John Lindsay, William Pitt, the Admiralty

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1785 ; including letters to or from Lord Howe, William Pitt, the King

Mr. Pitt's Queries

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1786 ; including letters to or from William Pitt, Francis Baring, Commissioners of Enquiry

Book of Navy Board Warrants

Constitution of the Navy Board

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1787 ; including letters to or from William Pitt, Major Mitchell, Captain Macbride, Vice-Admiral Graves, Sir George Yonge, Lord Howe, Lord Inchiquin, Francis Baring, Rear-Admiral Gower

Preparation for War

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1788 ; including letters to or from William Pitt, James Bowen, Commissioners of Customs

Letters to Lord Sandwich, January and February 1789

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1789 ; including letters to or from Lord Chatham, William Pitt, C A Friend,' the King, Captain Ben. Caldwell

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1790 ; including letters to or from Commissioner Fanshawe, William Pitt, Commissioner Martin

Resignation of Office

Letters to Lord Chatham, 1793

Queries to be sent to Toulon

On the State of our Fleet

Correspondence with Philip Patton, 1784-94

Patton's proposed Disposition of the Fleet

Proposed Arrangement of the Fleet, June 1794

Memorandum as to the Arrangement, 1795

Correspondence, 1795 ; including letters to and from Sir John Laforey, James Dick, Earl Spencer

About the Author

John Laughton was born in Liverpool on 23 April 1830, son of a Master Mariner. He was educated at the Royal Institution School, Liverpool and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read mathematics and graduated as a wrangler in 1852. He entered the Royal Navy as an instructor, joining his first ship, Royal George, in 1853, serving in the Baltic during the Crimean War. In 1866 he went ashore to teach at the Royal Naval College at Portsmouth, moving with the College to Greenwich in 1873, becoming Head of the Department of Meteorology and Marine Surveying.

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