Portsmouth: Wilkes, 1779. Hardcover. Title continues, "...before Admiral Sir Thomas Pye, President, upon a charge exhibited against him by Vice Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser, for misconduct and neglect of duty, to which is annexed, several letters and papers relative to the subject : together with a glossary of technical terms and sea phrases, used in the course of the trial."
Trial of Viscount Keppel on charges of misconduct and neglect of duty in the July 1778 naval battle against France in which Keppel commanded the western squadron. Keppel blamed the failure of the battle on one of his subordinate admirals, Sir Hugh Palliser. Keppel and Palliser each accused the other of treason; both Keppel and Palliser were tried and both were acquitted.
Keppel became full admiral on 29th January 1778 and immediately pushed Lord Sandwich to copper sheath the hulls of the British Fleet but was turned down. After the trail in 1782, Keppel was promoted to First Lord of the Admiralty and raised to the peerage as Viscount Keppel. There are two locations in Australia named after him; Great Keppel Island and Keppel Bay.
8vo, xv, 379pp. Includes: 1. Glossary of Sea Terms. 2. List of Witnesses. 3. The Line of Battle. 4. A List of French Ships of the Line. 5. Warrant for holding a Court Martial.
Uncut and untrimmed. Deaccessed by the NY Association of the Bar Library, with their stamp on the title page. Pale green cloth with leather gilt spine labels, and paper label. Cloth sunned at spine. OCLC: 11986008 (7 copies). Very good overall. Item #23942