[ Admiral Sir Philip Charles Durham, British naval hero. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('P. C. Durham') to a Sea Lord, complaining of his treatment following the capture of Guadeloupe, and seeking preferment for his nephew.

Admiral Sir Philip Charles Durham [ Admiral Sir Philip Charles Calderwood Henderson Durham ] (1763-1845), Royal Navy officer in the American War of Independence and Napoleonic Wars
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[ From Guadeloupe ('this Country') .] 15 August [ 1815 ]. No place.
SKU: 20217

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Docketed on reverse of second leaf: '15 Augt. 1815. | Sir P. C. Durham'. According to the DNB, Durham, having 'cleared the West Indies of American cruisers', 'in June and August 1815 co-operated in the reduction of Martinique and Guadeloupe, at which place the last French flag was struck to Durham, as the first had been'. The letter begins: 'My Lord | I feel no exertion has been wanting on the part of the Navy in the joint capture of Guadeloupe – and did flatter myself <?> had given his Nephew the best Situation, and provided for most of his friends the admiral might have been offered something but to my surprize on my return from Pointe a Pitre in the <?>, where I had been in the Public Service, all was disposed of – it has been generally (in point of Captures) the practice to give the admiral the nomanation [sic] of the Naval officer, which is all I request for my Nephew Mr Thomas Calderwood Durham [(1797-1842)] and have requested Lord Bathurst would be pleased to give it to him – may I hope for your Lordships support'. He complains that in the meantime 'it has been given to Mr King a Gentleman well known to hae thought, and acted in opposition to Government which is not paying the Navy nor Army any compliment for their exertions in this Country.'