Document: The Wardroom Mess Accounts for HMS Leyden, 1809

By courtesy of Nicholas Blake , published November 2013


In 1809 HMS Leyden was fitting in Sheerness for the Walcheren expedition. On 29 March, Captain John Spearing RM joined her, and became the mess caterer. Captain Spearing was not an accomplished accountant; he was extravagant and failed to take or keep receipts, and in August the mess accused him of embezzling part of the money entrusted to him.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | North Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Navies

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