Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Provo W. P. Wallis ; A Memoir. First Edition.


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BRIGHTON, J.G., m.d. Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Provo W. P. Wallis ; A Memoir. With Numerous Illustrations, Charts, &c. London : Hutchinson & Co., 1892. First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-xiv,(2),[3]-299,(3) + portrait frontispiece. The 13 plates (two of which are charts) are included in the pagination. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt device to front board, gilt lettering to spine, t.e.g. Catalogue of the Library of the National Maritime Museum, Vol 2. Biography 1412; Perrin, Admiralty Library : Subject Catalogue of Printed Books : Part I : Historical Section, p.57; Myron Smith, The American Navy, 1789-1860 : ABibliography 611, Fredriksen, Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights : A Bibliogra phy of the War of 1812. I:268. Curiously not in Dwight Smith's The War of 1812: An Annotated Bibliography. Provo William Parry Wallis. See DCB Volume XII; Marble Nova Scotians at Home and Abroad : Biographical sketches of over six hundred native born Nova Scotians. p.398. Admiral of the fleet and centenarian, only son of Provo Featherstone Wallis, chief clerk to the naval commissioner at Halifax, Nova Scotia, was born at Halifax on April 12, 1791. 1. Birth, Parentage, and Early Days. : Fictitious services — Joins Cleopatra and commences active service — Is present at engagement between Cleopatra and Ville de Milan, and taken prisoner — His account of the action — Is transferred to Cambrian, then nominated acting lieutenant of the Triumph, and served under " Nelson's Hardy "—Joins the Bellona — Is appointed lieutenant, joins the Curieux, and is wrecked in her — Serves in the Gloire, and assists in destruction of French frigates Loire and Seine, and batteries of Ans-la-Barque — Is transferred to the Observateur, thence to the Driver, and subsequently appointed to the Emulous; $ 2. The Shannon and some of her Exploits. Wallis joins her at Bermuda— Description of Bermudese Islands — Officers of the /S^o««o»— Capture of American schooner Susan and Emeline— Declaration of war between the United States and Great Britain— Capture of U.S. brig Nautilus — Destruction of American merchantmen— Incident attending the burning of one of these vessels— Chase of the U.S. frigate Constittition— Capture of the Guerriere by the Constitution ; 3. Nova Scotia — Further Exploits of the Shannon. Description of Nova Scotia — Chase of the U.S. frigate Essex — Capture and destruction of the Minerva merchant ship — Saving of crew of the wrecked Barbadoes — Capture of American privateer Thorn — Struck by lghtning — Capture of l'Invincible — Character of Captain Broke, commander of the Shannon — His preparations for action; 4. The Blockade of Boston, and Capture of the U.S. Frigate Chesapeake. Captain Broke's challenge— An account of the battle — Extract from American report of court-martial — Anecdotes of the action — Effect of the victory — Remarks of Mr. Rush [R ichard Rush, 1780-1859, who later desired the post of Secretary of the Navy], United States Minister; 5. The Voyage to Halifax and Reception There. Death of Captain Lawrence, of the Chesapeake — Attempted rising of American prisoners — Wallis's account of the voyage — Critical state of Captain Broke— Judge Haliburton's account of arrival at Halifax — Washington Irving's t ribute to the British on the burial of Captain Lawrence; 6. At Halifax. Theofficial report of the action of the Shannon and Chesapeake — Incidents co nnected therewith — Wallis's explanations of inaccuracies in the report — His promotion — He is presented with a sword by Captain Broke — Certificate of Captain Broke of Wallis's services — Letters from Lady Broke to her husband — Return to England; 7. Fates of the Shannon and Chesapeake; 8. Wallis's Further Services and Appointments. Is advanced to post rank, and appointed to the Niemen — Commands first experimental squadron — Is entertained at Boston — Letter from Captain Broke — Death of Captain Broke— Commands Warspite, and witnesses attack on Tangier and destruction of Mogador by the French — Is also present during Civil War on coast of Syria— Is appointed aide-de- camp to the Queen, afterwards to flag rank — Sails in Cumberland, and is Commander-in-Chief on South-east coast of America — Is promoted to vice-admiral, and returns to England — Later honours; 9. Family Circle; 10. Correspondence; 11. At Funtington. Description of Sir Provo's residence, Funtington House — Letters from Admiral G. H. Preble, U.S. Navy — Congratulations on anniversaries of capture of Chesapeake and Sir Provo's birthday — He attains the 100th year of his age — Messages from the Queen and other members of the Royal Family; 12. Recollections of Worcestershire; 13. A Review; 14.Last Days at Funtington. The Admiral's Death; Addendum : The Interment; Po stscript. Newly rebacked, wth repairs, so now very good in stout original cloth with bright gilt. 450.00

Title: Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Provo W. P. Wallis ; A Memoir. First Edition.

Author Name: BRIGHTON, J.G.

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Publisher: Hutchinson & Co,, London, 1892,:

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