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

Letters and Papers of Charles, Lord Barham

1758-1813, Vol. III, 1st Edition

By Sir John Knox Laughton


464 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.

Middleton’s career continues at the Admiralty and out of office, with much correspondence to and from politicians and sea officers. This volume covers Barham’s brief period as First Sea Lord (a term he appears to have invented) during the Trafalgar Campaign.

Table of Contents


Middleton to Lord Chatham, 12th December 1794

Mem. by Lord Spencer, (?)25th August 1795

Rear-Admiral Gambier to Middleton, 29th October 1795

Middleton to Chatham, 8th November 1795

Middleton to (?) Lord Loughborough, iith November 1795

Anon. to Middleton, (?)April 1798

Middleton to Fordyce, 16th August 1798

Middleton to J. D. Thomson, 21st July 1800

On the State of the Navy, April 1803

Middleton to J. D. Thomson, 18th July 1803

Memoranda of Advice, May 1804

Memorandum by Lord Melville, 3rd July 1804

Lord Mulgrave to Lord Melville, 13th September 1804

Correspondence with J. D. Thomson, December 1804

Memorandum by Lord Melville, 5th March 1805

Middleton to Lord Melville, March, April 18o5

Middleton to J. D. Thomson, April 18o5

Lord Hawkesbury to Lord Barham, 17th May, 1805

Letters, Plans and Memoranda relating to Organisation and Administration

Correspondence concerning the Operations in the North Sea

Letters from Captain Collier

Chart of the Texel, 1799 to face

Letters from Nauticus

Correspondence relating to the Command at Cork

Captain Grant's Narrative

Letters, Orders and Memoranda relating to the Command off Brest

Facsimile of Minute of 9th July 18o5 to face

The Calder Episode

Mem. for Mr. James

Correspondence relative to the Command off Cadiz

Plan of the Battle of Trafalgar to fare

Correspondence about Villeneuve

Correspondence with Sir J. T. Duckworth

Correspondence in Retirement

Examination of Officers

The Thomson Papers


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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