KEITH, George Keith Elphinstone, Viscount, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts

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KEITH, George Keith Elphinstone, Viscount (1746-1823). Admiral.
Important Autograph Letter Signed to Sir (William) S[idney] Smith (1764-1840, naval officer), 1 page 4to with address-leaf (name only), ?'Camp', 31 August or 'April' no year.
The letter was probably written at some time during the blockade of Cadiz, which lasted on and off from 1797 until 1802. Sir Richard Hussey Bickerton (1759-1832) had taken command of the blockade in 1800 until joined by Keith in October of that year.
'I had the honor to inform you yesterday I knew of no Capitulation I continue at present in the same state of ignorance. I mentioned to Sir Rich Bickerton to be prepared in event of a capitulation to send an officer into the harbour to prevent Plunder and Confusion and the instant there is an opening either the Genl or me will give Sir Richd early notice in the mean time I have the Honor to be / Yours etc / Keith.'
Provenance: from a collection formed by A.M. Broadley in 1903.

£450 [No: 24717]
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