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An Account of the Transactions of his Majestys Ship Magnificent...
An Account of the Transactions of his Majestys Ship Magnificent From the time of her leaveing England {I. E.} Febry. 6th: 1782 till the time of her arrival which was June 9th: 1783 -- (ms. t.-p., 2d leaf)"David Minns July 13th: 1783" (1st leaf, recto)."Officers on board the Magnificent at her leaveing England. ..." (1st leaf, verso).Journal begins: "On Febuary 6th: 1782, we Saild from Portsmouth, with 9 Sail of Men of War, and Several of the East India Ships, under the Command of Comodore Bickerton... On the 22d: of Febuary we Left the Comodore and India Ships, and proceeded on with the Agamemnon for the West Indies..." arriving at Barbados 18 March, where they "Victualed and Wartered" for two days.On 29 March they sailed from Saint Lucia with Agamemnon (64 guns) and Endymion (44 guns) "on a Cruce of St. Martinico, to watch the Motions of the French in the Harbour of Fort Royal."On 1 April at St. Lucia they join Rodney; at anchor until the 8th when they return to Martinique to watch the French, who had meanwhile got underway "and three of their heavy Ships give Chace to us almost as far as Rock Diamond. When we stood over to St. Lucia, we found... Rodney had got the British Fleet underway, accompanyed by... Hood... [and] Drake... we Joined... Hoods Division..."; the following 12 leaves describe the subsequent maneuvers and battle, ending "at 1/2 past 6 the Ville de Paris, Count de Grasse, Struck to Sir Samuel Hood in the Barfleur...""Lists of the Ships of the Line, in the British and French. Line of Battle. Which Engaged on the 12th of April, in the year 1782" (leaf 12, verso)."French Line of Battle Which Engaged April 12th: 1782" (leaf 14, verso).The journal continues as Magnificent, now damaged, cruises the islands and off Havana, where several Spanish vessels are captured. On 20 August the ship begins extensive repairs at Halifax; on course to New York they suffer storm damage and head for the West Indies. After capturing the American schooner Sally, they reach Barbados on 29 December. The Magnificent, plagued by storm and battle damage, continually needs repair, and on 1 May 1783 returns to England, making Land's End on the 7th."In giveing Names to the Ships of the Royal Navy, the Original Intention must have been..." (leaf 53 verso); 3-1/2 leaves essay, signed."Admiral Barringtons Defence at St. Lucia" verse, leaf 59 verso, signed "David Minns November 23d: 1784.""The distress of his Majestys Ship Endymion. of 44 Guns. on the 22d: and 23d: of January 1780 being 130 Leagues Westward of Scilly By D+ Minns Mariner..." (leaf 60 verso); 5 leaves of prose describing a storm."The Transactions of his Majestys Ship Emerald A Frigate of 32 Guns. By D+ Minns Mariner..." (leaf 65 verso); a prose account of a convoy to Gibraltar; 5-1/2 leaves.Leaf [57] and the three final leaves are removed; the bottom third of the last present leaf is cut off., Original digital object name: bei-m280, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Copies of Letters on the Expedition... Bridgetown, Barbados, 28 Dec...
Copies of Letters on the Expedition...Title on verso of first leaf.Contains 26 letters in various hands, some much overwritten, with a list of commands on page 46.Twelve letters from Robert Melvill include two to Dalrymple, one to Rodney., Original digital object name: bei-m153, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Letter to William Plaxton, Barbados, 26 Nov. 1723
"Dear Br. I cou'd not let Slip the opportunity of writing... to tell you of a project thats hatched... towards paying the debts of the Island, I have laid it before Mr. Worsley...", Original digital object name: bei-m044ac
Letter to William Plaxton, Barbados, 3 Sept. 1723
"Dear Br. I hope my last of the 3d. of Augt. came safe to your hands, in which I acquainted you of my being appointed Treas of this Island...", Original digital object name: bei-m044aa
Letter to William Plaxton, Barbados, 7 Oct. 1723
First line: Dear Br. With much pleasure I recd yours by..., Original digital object name: bei-m044ab
Wm Rawlin Barbad May 7th 1745 reced in Lond June 8th do. (docket title).
Signed, "Sir The Vessell, by which this goes, being an Express... with an Account of the Arrival of a Fleet of French Men o'War at... Martinique... I have received your Letters... concerning the Affair of your Brother Sir Joseph's Children and the Heir of Samuel Brome; all which I have laid before your Lawyers here..."Phillipps Ms. 17094., Original digital object name: bei-m092, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
[Journal of the siege of Martinique] 19 Dec. 1761 through 26 Feb...
[Journal of the siege of Martinique]December 19, 1761. -- "...I have sail'd from English harbour, Antigua, in the Levant Fregate of war... Capt. Laforey, to join the fleet... against The Martinique. We had received intelligence that admiral Rodney was arriv'd at Barbadoes, we had also intelligence that the troops under the command of general Monchton were actually saild from New-York..."December 29, 1761. -- "Thursday morning, we arrived In Carlisle Bay... found general Monchton... admiral Rodney, Sir James Douglas and commodore Swanton. The whole Bay afforded a noble sight being crouded with wessels of war and transports..."January 5, 1762. -- "The whole Fleet... sail'd... against Martinique."January 6, 1762. -- "The whole flet lay to, in order not to be seen by the ennemy...""Thursday at about 2o'clock in the afternoon. Sir James Douglas... went into St. Annes Bay and silenced 3 several Batterys..."Friday morn. January 8th. -- "At night a firing on the fleet from several batteries..."Written by an English officer aboard Levant in the fleet commanded by Rear Admiral George Brydges Rodney, giving a day-by-day, firsthand account., Written by an unidentified officer who served in the Siege of Martinique., A reference is made to a Native American named "Flying Arrow", who is brother to the "famous Silver Heels", and who was wounded in the breast during battle., Original digital object name: bei-m152, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.