Some Letters of Admiral The Honourable Samuel Barrington Part I

By Hon Samuel Barrington, published August 1933


This selection of letters from the Barrington papers cover a period in 1770 and another in 1777. They specifically relate to Barrington’s correspondence with the First Lords of the Admiralty (Sir Edward Hawke in 1770 and the Earl of Sandwich in 1777) regarding his career. His disappointment at being offered a guard ship in 1770, after a successful cruise in which he was naval tutor of the Duke of Cumberland, and his attempt to become commander on the Leeward Station in 1777, form the core of this correspondence. The correspondence also illustrates the importance of networks and obligations further down the naval hierarchy as Barrington put forward the claims of others to whom he felt obliged or he felt had a right to call on the patronage of his seniors.  The Society for Nautical Research is indebted to the Hon. William R. S. Barrington for permission to publish the following transcripts from papers belonging to Viscount Barrington. The letters in the present article are copied from the Admiral’s Private Letter Book. They are in his own hand-writing, and his own spelling has been retained.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pirates | Caribbean
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