By Henry Dundas, Lord Viscount Melville
London   John Stockdale
8.5" by 5.5" 4-111 [1]pp
The scarce first edition of this publication of Lord Melville's speech at the House of Peers, regarding the 'State of the Navy'.
By Henry Dundas, Lord Viscount Melville

1805 Speech Delivered by Lord Viscount Melville, in the House of Peers, on Friday the 24th May, 1805, in Answer to Lord Darnley's Motion Respecting the State of the Navy

London   John Stockdale
8.5" by 5.5" 4-111 [1]pp
The scarce first edition of this publication of Lord Melville's speech at the House of Peers, regarding the 'State of the Navy'.
£90.00
: 0.5kgs / : 907F34

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First Edition, Scarce

A scarce first edition.

In this speech, delivered in May 1805, Lord Melville rebuts two charges made against the navy by John Bligh, the Earl of Darnley. The charges were that the navy 'incurred a great and unnecessary expense by purchasing vessels which were useless, and unfit for service', and that the Admiralty were 'grossly in error, in building ships in the merchants' yards'.

In 1806, Lord Melville was acquitted of charges of misappropriating Naval funds for his own benefit.

With an advertisement leaf to the rear.

A fascinating defence of personally damaging charges made against the trusted lieutenant of British prime minister William Pitt, considered to be the most powerful politician in Scotland in the late eighteenth century.

Condition

Unbound, as issued. Minor handling marks to title page, with more significant handling marks to final leaf. Internally, firmly bound. Pages clean and bright.

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