The Keith Papers

Part I: Channel and North Sea, 1803-1807; 1. Operations; 17. Montagu to Keith

The Document

17. Montagu to Keith

June 25, 1803.

My dear Lord, When I yesterday received intimation of my being superseded it came like a stroke of thunder, as I had not entertained the smallest idea of a removal to a secondary station at Plymouth. Understanding this morning the real state of the case, if I do not obtain permission to go by London, which will give me an opportunity of knowing my destiny, that is to say if there is a probability of my being employed upon a foreign station, I shall wish to resign public employment altogether, as I do not think I can render my country any service at Plymouth, and having a large family I am necessitated to bend to the times and must, coute qui coute, give up.

It is a pleasing reflection to me that in the public transactions I have had to conduct I have secured your Lordship’s good opinion, and that I may equally do so in private life and retain a corner in your Lordship’s heart is the ardent wish of him who has upon all occasions strived to prove himself your Lordship’s faithful devoted servant,


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How to cite this article

LLoyd, C . (eds.) (1955) The Keith Papers, vol III, 1803-1815. Navy Records Society, pp. 25

Web Page: Rickard, J (24 July 2006), Keith to Secretary of Admiralty,

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