[ Lord Hawke; Royal Navy ] Autograph Letter Signed "Hawke" to "Captain Locker", Nelson's mentor.

Lord Hawke [ Admiral of the Fleet Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, KB, PC (1705–1781), Royal Navy officer
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Sunbury, 28 October 1779

Two pages, 4to, window pane mount, one chip not affecting text, one hole caused by his pen[?] with no loss, tear along fold mark, partially repaired.

Eleven manuscript Ordres de Marche (Orders of March) and seven manuscript Ordres de Bataille (Lines of Battle) of the French fleet under de Conflans which lost the Battle of Quiberon Bay; in a printed 'Vaisseaux du Roi Partagés en Trois Divisions.'

[Hubert de Brienne (1690-1777), Comte de Conflans; Admiral Hawke; Battle of Quiberon Bay, 1759]
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Dated in manuscript 'Á Bord du Soleil Royal, en rade de Brest le 1ier. 9bre. 1759.' [1 November 1759]

4to: 23 pp. Paginated 1-23. Twelve leaves; verso of last leaf blank. No title (presumably none called for). In early twentieth-century marbled boards, with green cloth spine. Text clear and complete, apart from damage to three words on title leaf. Ruckled and stained. Slight loss at head and foot of title, which also has a long closed tear repaired with gummed paper. Ownership inscription of Captain N. F. Duff. An excessively scarce survival, relating to the Battle of Quiberon bay, one of the greatest of English naval victories, rightly described by A. T.

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