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1 Sinclair (J.) Thoughts on the Naval Strength of the British Empire.
1782 rp 1971, 
58 + 52pp, 3 folding tables, blue cloth. Pargellis & Medley, see various entries in this work. AJS: This work is in two parts, with separate titles to each. Sinclair was a prominent Scottish landowner and politician in the late eighteenth century. He owned large estates in Caithness, which he represented in Parliament for many years. In 1793, Pitt appointed him to be the first president of the newly-formed Board of Agriculture. Remarkably industrious and energetic, Sinclair wrote voluminously on a wide variety of topics. He devoted considerable attention to naval affairs, which formed the subject of his maiden speech in the House of Commons and several pamphlets and books, of which the above is a good example. Sinclair sent a copy of his book to Lord Nelson and he replied from Merton December 1801 as follows: Dear Sir. I had the honour of receiving through the hands of Mr. Mollison, your very elegant present of a book, to the subject of which too much attention cannot be paid: and without a compliment, no man in the Country is so able to place this important matter in its proper view before the public. I can hardly believe, however anxiously I have endeavoured to deserve it, the high compliment you are pleased to bestow upon me. But, dear sir, I beg you to be assured that I am, with every sentiment of obligation, your most obedient servant, Nelson and Bronte. 
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