Letter-Books and Order-Book of George, Lord Rodney, Admiral of the White Squadron, 1780-1782

Letter-Books and Order-Book of George, Lord Rodney, Admiral of the White Squadron, 1780-1782

Letter-Books and Order-Book of George, Lord Rodney, Admiral of the White Squadron, 1780-1782

Letter-Books and Order-Book of George, Lord Rodney, Admiral of the White Squadron, 1780-1782

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In 1780-1782, when Admiral Sir George Brydges Rodney was commander-in-chief of His Britannic Majesty's fleet in the West Indies, British, French, Spanish, Dutch, and American ships were at war there. His official letter-books and order-book supply details of that conflict, details of naval administration and discipline and warfare, details of repairs and stores and provisions, of sickness and prisoners-of-war and weather and personalities. Their interest and value are not lessened because the point of view is, naturally, Rodney's, and British.

General accounts of these important two years are included in standard naval histories; a specific study has been made recently by Rear-Admiral W. M. James, C. B., R. N., in The British Navy in Adversity, A Study of the War of American Independence, London, 1926. There is no detailed, modern biography of Rodney, although sketches of him are included in most biographical dictionaries. A two-volume life by his son-in-law, General Godfrey Basil Mundy, was printed in 1830; it is uncritical and incomplete, but it does include (though not always exactly transcribed) many of Rodney's letters. A short biography by David Hannay, first published in 1891, was reprinted in 1903, 1910, and 1920, in the "English Men of Action" series. Accounts of Rodney may be found in the older lives of British admirals, such as Ralfe Naval Biography of Great Britain; more recent sketches include one by Admiral A. T. Mahan, U. S. N., in Types of Naval Officers (Boston, 1901); John Knox Laughton's article in the Dictionary of National Biography; the chapter by Admiral Sir R. Vesey Hamilton, R. N., in From Howard to Nelson: Twelve Sailors (edited byJohn Knox Laughton, London, 1899); and chap-

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