The Royal Navy in Political Pamphlets

The 18th Century British Political Pamphlets Collection contains over 2200 titles, and more than a few of them pertain to some aspect of the Royal Navy. Do not be put off by the term “pamphlets”; I have found some of these to be more than 70 pages long, not some  short scribblings. For example, here is one from 1815 addressed to Lord Melville offering an alternative to impressment; and here is A letter to a member of parliament in the country from his friend in London, relative to the case of Admiral Byng (1756) containing additional material on that unfortunate event. From insuring ships of adversaries to Considerations on the bill for the better government of the Navy by Edward Vernon, these writings deserve to be explored when doing research on those parlous times.


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