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William Bligh - Naval and other papers, 1769-1822, undated
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Safe1 / 45 ; SAFE / DLMSQ 163 ; MLDOC 556a, b & c ; Safe 1 / 44 ; SAFE / DLMS 186
Microfilm - CY 178 ; CY 223 ; CY 2035
Textual Records - (printed)
i. Correspondence, 1811-1813 Letters arranged chronologically within each volume. Include draft copies of letters sent by Bligh sometimes written on the blank pages of the letter received. Correspondents include Sir Joseph Banks, Sir John Barrow, Edward Bray, James Bush, Viscount Castlereagh, The Royal Society (Taylor Combe), John Wilson Croker, Ann Putland, Earl Stanhope and Charles Philip Yorke. See Index to correspondents. (Call No.: Safe 1/45 (CY 178), SAFE/DLMSQ 163 (CY 223), MLDOC 556b (CY 2035)) ii. `Draft Memorial from Rear Admiral Wm Bligh as presented to Lord Bathurst 19 April 1813'. 19 Apr. 1813 13pp. (pp.15-40). Presented by William Russell Bligh, 29 Oct. 1902. Argues Bligh's right to claim a pension amounting to half his salary as Governor of New South Wales. Evidence submitted includes extracts from official correspondence signed by Edward Cooke Under-Secretary of State and Lord Castlereagh together with a brief resume of Bligh's naval career including his term as Governor of New South Wales. (Call No.: Safe 1/44 (CY 178)) iii. Admiralty Notices, 1810-1813 a. Notice of promotion as Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron. 31 July 1810 Printed with MS annotations. 2pp. Presented by Alice Rose Oakes, 13 Dec. 1944. Signed by John Wilson Croker, Secretary to the Admiralty. Annotated in Bligh's hand `Received 1 Aug. 1811 Dated 31 July 1810. From Adly that a commiss. was signed for me as Rear Adl. of the Blue Squad (N52)' (Call No.: MLDOC 556a & c (CY 2035)) b. Notice of promotion as Rear Admiral of the Red Squadron 4 Dec. 1813 Printed with MS annotations. 2pp. Presented by Alice Rose Oakes, 13 Dec. 1944. Signed by Sir John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty. Annotated in Bligh's hand `Mr Barrow that I was Appd Rear Admiral of the Red dated 4th Decr 1813. Recd 5 Decr-' (Call No.: MLDOC 556a & c (CY 2035)) iv. `Instructions For the due Observance of the Privileges of an Act of the Thirty-fifth of George the Third, entitled "An Act for establishing a more easy and expeditious Method for the punctual and frequent Payment of the Wages and Pay of certain Officers belonging to His Majesty's Navy," dated 22 June, 1795'. Undated. 1806? Printed. 4pp. (pp. 43a-44). Acquired from Alice Rose Oakes, 11 Dec. 1923. Includes 'A Table of Full and Nett Pay for Three Lunar Months, from 1st May, 1806.' Also includes an undated newscutting `Table of the Allowance to the Several Officers in the Royal Navy...' and on verso a partial list of vessels captured or destroyed by ships of the Royal Navy. (Call No.: Safe 1/45 (CY 178)) v. Extracts from contemporary navigational manuals with MS annotations by Bligh together with material re. the Bounty voyage 1769-1822 Original full calf binding; modern maroon morocco slip-case. Printed with MS annotations, MS. 220pp. Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson in 1952 Contains four separately printed instructions and tables for astronomical observations (published in 1769), bound together with notes, calculations etc. written in the margins and on front fly leaf and interleaved pages mostly in Bligh's hand and signed or initialled by him. Three of the printed texts are signed and dated 'Wm Bligh 1775'. Probably accompanied him on his voyage with Captain James Cook, 1776-1780. Manuscript material from front fly leaf to back of volume: a. Inscription by former owner 'The book I met with and purchased for 4d at a Broker's shop in High Street, Gravesend, in Oct. 1822...' b. 'A Table for the ready Projection of a Mercator's Chart.' c. 'To find the Error and Rate of going of a Time Keeper by Equal Altitudes of the Sun.' d. Notes and corrections in 'A General Table of the Equation of corresponding Altitudes.' e. Notes and corrections in Tables for Facilitating the Solution of a Very Useful Problem, for Finding the Latitude of a Ship at Sea... f. Notes and corrections in A Correct and Easy Method of Clearing the Apparent Distance of the Moon from a Star or the Sun... by Nevil Maskelyne. g. 'Bounty's Track from England towards Otaheite, by Capt Wm Bligh'. Log account, 24 Dec. 1787 - 24 Apr. 1789. Not in Bligh's hand. h. 'Extract from "A Narrative of the Mutiny on bd HMS Bounty, & the subsequent voyage of a part of the crew in the ship's boat...written by Lt. Wm Bligh...' Transcribed 15 May 1822. Not in Bligh's hand. (Call No.: SAFE/DLMS 186)
Presented by William Russell Bligh, 29 Oct. 1902 Acquired from Alice Rose Oakes, 11 Dec. 1923 & Presented by Alice Rose Oakes Dec. 1944 Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson in 1952
Transferred from DLSPENCER 364
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Officers -- Salaries, etc.
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Promotions.
Navies -- Officers -- Correspondence.
Sir William Dixson Library.
William Bligh - Papers, 1769-1822, undated
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