Considerations on the bill for the better government of the navy. By a sea officer.

London, printed for M. Cooper, 1749.

8vo (200 x 125 mm), pp. 23, [1, blank]; upper margin slightly damp-damaged; modern boards.


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First edition. A defence of the 1749 Navy Bill, a measure promoted by Anson’s Board, attributed by Lady Hervey to Lord Barrington, then a lord of the Admiralty (it has also been credited, however, to the then secretary of the Admiralty Board, Thomas Corbett). This tract seeks to justify the need for articles thirty-four, which calls for all half-pay officers who have not obliged when called to serve by the Lord High Admiral or his commissioners to be court-martialled, and thirty-three, which allows for the dismissal from the navy of any commissioned officer who has behaved ‘in a manner unbecoming the character of an officer’ (p. 21).


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