A Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Fleet in the Mediterranean, and the combined fleets of France and Spain, from the year 1741, to March 1744. ... by a sea-officer. Royal Navy, Thomas Mathews, Admiral.

The Court-Martials of Mathews and Lestock

A Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Fleet in the Mediterranean, and the combined fleets of France and Spain, from the year 1741, to March 1744. ... by a sea-officer.

London: Various publishers, 1745.

Second edition (printed in the same year as the first). viii,112,[8] pp. 3 [of 4] folding engraved maps. 1 vols. 8vo. The Court-Martials of Mathews and Lestock. Bound together in full brown contemporary calf, rebacked. Very good. Provenance: Philip.C. Duschnes; Paul Peralta-Ramos (with stamp). Item #217829

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2. [Lestock, Richard]. Vice-Adm--l L-st-k's Account of the Late Engagement near Toulon, between His Majesty's fleet and the fleets of France and Spain : as presented by him the 12th of March 1744-5 : also, letters to and from Adm---l L-st--k, relating thereto since his arrival in England, with notes. 56 pp. London: for M. Cooper, 1745. First edition.

3. [Lestock, Richard]. Vice-Admal Lestock's Recapitulation: as spoke by him at the Bar of the Honble House of Commons, on Tuesday the 9th of April 1745. 27 pp. London: for John Millan, 1745. ESTC T39592

Three important pamphlets relating to the trials of Admiral Mathews and Lestock which resulted from their engagement with the French and Spanish fleet near Toulon, in February, 1744. "The battle was highly discreditable to the British fleet, and not very honorable to their opponents, but it is of the highest historical importance in the history of the navy. It marked the lowest pitch reached in discipline and fighting and efficiency by the fleet in the 18th century, and it had a very bad effect in confirming the pedantic system of tactics set up by the old Fighting Instructions ... " - Encyclopedia Britannica (11th ed). To the puzzlement of many, Lestock, who was second in command and who kept his distance from the battle, was acquitted; while Mathews, who engaged the enemy (however confusedly), was censured and discharged from the service.

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