Lot n° 26
500 - 700 EUR
LETTRES DE marins anglais . - 2 missives....
LETTRES DE marins anglais . - 2 missives. 1810 et 1813. - Lettre autographe signée (signature biffée postérieurement) au négociant en laine John Mills Ridgway à Huddersfield dans le Yorkshire. À bord de l’Iphigenia au large du cap de Gata [à l’Est d’Almería], 4 novembre 1813. 3 pp. 1/2 in-folio, adresse au dos, état médiocre. Belle lettre d’un marin anglais appartenant à la garnison de Gibraltar , sur la chute prévisible de Napoléon Ier, sur la guerre anglo -américaine et sur les difficultés qui attendent Wellington en Espagne : « ... The downfall of Buonaparté is now apparently visible, especialy since the affair at Leipsic, and that downfall so suddenly precipitate as to constitue as great a wonder as his elevation, and it is my opinion (and although by no means a politician, yet I think events justify it), that the war will not continue more than one year longer. We have no news here but what the english papers afford us... All our endeavers have the happiest effects, and America only is the place which miscreated disappointments, yet cannot this be attributed to want of energy, but to want of means... It was the duty of the ministry to have purposely fitted, manned, equipped vessels equal to theirs, and then I would forfeit my life upon it , nay, had this been the case, the American navy had never been in England, and the British flag remained unsullied... [I] for my part, should not be surprised if a spanish war commence before we leave this country, and that Lord Wellington, should he proceed in France, will return into spain to reconquer it as an enemy. These may appear mere conjectural surmises, but to myself they are more apparent than to those who have never had an opportunity of witnessing the jealousies with which they view everything English, and the frequent opportunities they take of aspersing not only the character of the whole nation but as particularly that of Lord Wellington. The theater are daily exhibiting pieces tending to ferment their jealousy and the tatterdemalion scoundrels as they walk the streets amuse themselves by bawling «Viva Ballesteros», merely because he was put in arrest by Lord Wellington... » - Stubbe (W.). Lettre autographe signée aux agents maritimes Charles Cox et fils à Londres. À bord de l’Ajax, au large de Toulon, 24 août 1810. 1 p. 1/3 in-4, adresse au dos, feuillet d’adresse séparé. Tableau de l’escadre fran çaise à Toulon : « ... I rather expect we shall have something to do this winter, for the french have thirteen sails of the line, and twelve frigates in the outer harbour perfectly ready for sea , three of them are three-deckers, another a threedecker launched the other day called the Wagram, 300 lines of battle ships on the stocks... »
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