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MARITIME CAMPAIGN & TRIAL.. The Maritime Campaign of 1778. A Collection of all the Papers Relative to the Operations of the English and French Fleets. To which are added, Strictures upon the Publications made in France, by Order of the Ministry, Concerning the Engagement on the 27th of July; Illustrated with Charts and Plates, on Six Copper-plates, by J. M. a Lieutenant in the Fleet. Printed for William Faden. 1778. First Edition, folio, iv,[1]-24pp., 6 partly coloured large engraved folding plates. [Bound with:] The Trial (at Large) of James Hill; otherwise, James Hind; otherwise, James Actzen: for Feloniously, Wilfully, and Maliciously, setting Fire to the Rope-House, in His Majesty's dock-yard at Portsmouth. Tried at the assize, at Winchester, on Thursday, March 6, 1777... Taken, in short-hand, by Joseph Gurney...1777

Sold by G. Kearsly and Martha Gurney. First Edition, folio, 40pp., cont. calf, hinges cracked, label removed from spine. The first item is a curious and instructive review of the maritime transactions for the year 1778, respecting the war between France and England; a campaign, which as the Editor of this work remarks "though not very decisive, is become one of the most interesting in the naval history of our country". James Hill, also known as "John the Painter", was a Scot who was executed in 1777 for incendiary attacks on Portsmouth and Bristol naval dockyards. He creating the impression that a band of terrorists was on the loose in England. He claimed to have the tacit approval of American diplomat Silas Deane in Paris for the scheme. The trial was one of the most sensational of the eighteenth century and 20,000 people watched him hang from mizzenmast of a ship in Portsmouth Dockyard, the largest gallows ever erected in Britain.

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