ADMIRAL EDWARD PELLEW, 1st VISCOUNT EXMOUTH Document Signed.
British officer of the Royal Navy. Served in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars.
, signed. HMS Impregnable. 16th August 1819. To Lieut Phelps, Commanding the Asp, tender.
"Memo. You are to receive on board the Tender which you command for a passage to the River the riggers belonging to Deptford yard who have navigated the Scorpion to this port. Exmouth."
Together with a contemporary steel engraved portrait of Admiral Pellew.
On paper watermarked with the date "1817". Approx 20 x 16 cms. Very slight mounting traces to verso. Very good.
Admiral Pellew had commanded at the very bloody bombardment and capture of Algiers in 1816. 16% of his force were killed in the fighting (a higher casualty rate than the Battle of Trafalgar) and HMS Impregnable was severely damaged. For this action he was created Viscount Exmouth and became Commander in Chief, Plymouth, a position which he held until 1821.