Note: Admiral Byng: Justice thwarted

By Peter Cowell, published August 2020

Abstract

Admiral John Byng wrote on 25 May 1756 (five days after the inconclusive engagement or defeat on 20 May 1756) a despatch on the ship Ramillies, off Minorca, and sent it to ‘the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty’ in London. On 26 June 1756 ministers omitted crucial parts of it when the London Gazette printed what appeared to be the full despatch. 1 Perhaps the most crucial omission was the passage beginning ‘I send their Lordships the resolutions of the council of war, in which there was not the least contention or doubt arose.’…

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Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

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