1st Edition

Private Papers of George, Second Earl Spencer
1794-1801, Vol. III




ISBN 9781911248859
Published April 25, 2019 by Routledge
426 Pages

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Book Description

Spencer was First Lord of the Admiralty 1794-1801, virtually throughout the wars against Revolutionary France, and his correspondence with officers and politicians is of central importance to the naval history of the times.

These volumes continue Spencer’s correspondence up to 1801 when he left office with the fall of Pitt’s ministry. Topics include Admiral Bruix’s cruise, proposal to attach Brest, Helder expedition, West Indies and the Channel Squadron.

Table of Contents

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

PART I. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE

PART II. ADMIRAL BRUIX'S CRUISE

PART III. THE PROPOSAL TO ATTACK BREST

PART IV. THE HELDER EXPEDITION

PART V. OPERATIONS IN THE WEST INDIES

PART VI. THE CHANNEL SQUADRON

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

SIR ALAN GARDNER'S PROTEST

OPERATIONS ON FRENCH AND SPANISH COASTS

INDEX

MAPS

BELLE ISLE AND THE ADJACENT COAST

THE NORTHERN END OF BELLE ISLE

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Biography

Sir Herbert Richmond was described as “perhaps the most brilliant naval officer of his generation” who became a naval historian, known as “the British Mahan”. He led the Royal Navy’s intellectual revolution that stressed continuing education, especially in naval history, as essential for an understanding of naval strategy. He acted as a “Gadfly” to the Admiralty, and his criticisms caused him to be denied the role in the formation of policy and the reform of naval education which his abilities warranted.