Save Admiral's Papers for Posterity

The aim of this campaign is to purchase a small collection of naval papers which have appeared on the market. They are two volumes of letters and papers which belonged to the Commander-in-Chief of the British Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleets between 1906 and 1910. From the photographs they appear to be a mix of printed memoranda, Admiralty letters, and official correspondence, which it is difficult, if not impossible, to find elsewhere in other archives. The seller has allowed a two week window for me to try and raise the money to buy the books to keep them in public hands, and kindly offered to lower the price from £1,500 down to £1,400. I will pay for the GoFundMe fees (which amount to £119), unless of course we go over the £1,400 limit.

These volumes appear to have belonged to Admiral The Honourable Sir Assheton G. Curzon-Howe, who served in the Royal Navy from 1864 until his death in 1911. From 1907 to 1908 he served as Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet, then as Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean from 1908 to 1910. That year, knowing he was suffering from cancer, he was given the position of Commander-in-Chief Portsmouth. He died of a stroke in his official residence there on 1 March 1911.

The bulk of Curzon-Howe's papers were given to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, in 1963. According to the manuscripts division there they have nothing comparable to these two volumes, which, if enough money is raised, will be donated to the National Maritime Museum to join the Curzon-Howe papers over a century after his death.

If the target of £1,400 is not reached by 5 September then I will provide the balance at my own expense.

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Simon Harley
High Seaton, North West England, United Kingdom

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