The Rodney Papers: Volume I, 1742–1763: Selections from the Correspondence of Admiral Lord Rodney, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Rodney Papers

Volume I, 1742–1763: Selections from the Correspondence of Admiral Lord Rodney, 1st Edition

Edited by David Syrett


554 pages

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Overbearing, avaricious and difficult, yet talented and ambitious, George Brydges Rodney has never attracted much sympathy or understanding. He was nevertheless an original thinker and one of the great admirals of the eighteenth century. The contents of this volume, the first of three, document his career from 1742 until 1763 - his private and political life. His early years as a captain were spent in the severe conditions of the North Sea and in taking privateers in the western approaches. During the peace after 1748 he was Governor of Newfoundland and in the Seven Years' War blockaded Le Havre before going, as a flag officer, to command in the Leeward Islands where he participated in the capture of Martinique. This volume also contains letters to his wife which indicate, against past opinion, that Rodney had a heart.


’The completion of the three-volume Rodney Papers series will plug a yawning gap in the published primary source literature about the eighteenth-century Royal Navy.’ International Journal of Maritime History

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Early years, 1742-48; Post Captain, 1749-59; Flag Officer, 1759-63; Appendix; Index.

About the Editor

David Syrett was formerly from the Graduate Centre, City University of New York, USA

About the Series

Navy Records Society Publications

The Navy Records Society was established in 1893 to print unpublished manuscripts and rare works of interest to naval historians and enthusiasts. To date it has published nearly 150 scholarly volumes, each edited and introduced by a leading authority in the appropriate field. The volumes form a unique and invaluable resource for serving officers, scholars and all those interested in the Naval History of Great Britain and the development of naval power in the Modern World.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / General