John Dodsworth: A Consul in Malta
The capture of Malta by Napoleon caused the British to take their authority in the Mediterranean seriously for the fisrt time in the century. Historically the position of British consul had been difficult as it was not recognised by the Grand Master of the Order of St John. Appointed during the War of Austrian Succession, John Dodsworth frequently warned the British that they were not making enough use of Malta as an extra naval base. A difficult man who apparently always had his own agenda, Dodsworth was eventually relieved, having had some of his debts paid by the Prussian ambassador in Constantinople.