Minorca: 25 December 1781 and 23 February 1783.
Two single sheets. Folio. Signed in full by every officer. Very good copies, a little toned, old folds. Item #303187
The first is titled: “No. 26 Pay List for additional Subsistence etc to the officers in st. Philips Castle, from 25 Dec. 1781 to 23 Feb. 1782.” The second has written on the verso: “ No. 136 Pay List to make up Subs. to Brevet Officer etc equal to the Rank where in they respectively serve in The Garrison of Fort St. Philips during the Siege, Decemb. 24 1781 - Dollars 4350-50." These two officer pay lists are signed by each of the 36 and 44 listed officers. They're a wonderful souvenir of the siege and, with a sample of every officer’s signature, a valuable source for further research.
The five month Siege of Minorca (August 19, 1781 - February 5, 1782) was a vital victory over England in the European theatre of the Revolutionary War. Throughout most of the eighteenth century English possession of the island was of real strategic importance, from its deep-water harbor, the Royal Navy could launch attacks against the Mediterranean fleets of Spain, France and Italy.
Price: $950.00 Free International Delivery