LETTERS WRITTEN BY SIR SAMUEL HOOD (VISCOUNT HOOD) IN 1781-2-3. ILLUSTRATED BY EXTRACTS FROM LOGS AND PUBLIC RECORDS.

Hannay, David. (Ed.).


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Navy Records Society, 1st.ed., 1895. Xlvii + 170 + 2 pp., port. frontis. Blue & white buckram ; gilt ; edges uncut. 24 x 16cm. V.G. . Westfield College bookplate, Library label, & Presentation label (1952). Armorial bookplate of Gerald Francis Yeo (1845-1909), physiologist, born in Dublin. Yeo was appointed professor of physiology in King’s College, London in 1874, and in 1877 assistant surgeon to King’s College Hospital, but resigned his clinical appointment in 1880 in order to devote his time to physiology, achieving much alongside Professor David Ferrier. He was elected FRS in 1889, resigned his chair at King’s in 1890 and retired to Devon. David Hannay (1853-1934) edits the correspondence of Admiral Samuel Viscount Hood (1724-1816) in this early NRS publication. The documents are mainly drawn from two sources : letters addressed to Jackson in the British Museum collection (Add. MSS. 9343), and the dispatches addressed to Stephens to be found in the PRO. During the period under review, 1781-1783, Hood was on the North American and West Indies stations. He joined Rodney in the expedition against St. Eustatius in 1781, and while blockading Martinique he engaged a superior French force. In the same year Hood commanded the rear in Grave’s action off the Chesapeake, and in the following year repulsed De Grasse off Basseterre and was second-in-command to Rodney at Dominica. These papers add meat to the bone in any serious study of these naval events, especially in the Leeward Islands during those critical years of the American War of Independence.


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