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Reflections on Mr Burchet’s Memoirs: Or Remarks on His Account of Captain Wilmont’s Expedition to the West-Indies
London, 1704. (xviii) 171 pp. Very nice copy of a scarce book documenting a cat fight between a British naval officer and his army counterpart. Robert Wilmot?'s 1695 expedition was sent to Jamaica to protect British interests against the French. Lillingstone?'s regiment of about 1200 soldiers accompanied the expedition, which attacked the French at Hispaniola. Although the venture was poorly planned and a number of Lillingstone?'s men were sick and ineffective, they somehow managed to capture considerable loot. However, this became the cause of a quarrel between Wilmot and Lillingstone, who were already on poor terms. The entire force, ravaged by yellow fever, retired; Wilmot sailed for England and died of the same disease on the way home. When Lillingston returned to England he published a scathing attack on Wilmot. In reply, Josiah Burchett, Secretary of the Admiralty, published an account of the affair which did not reflect well on Lillingston. This is Lillingston?'s answer to Burchett?'s critique. Thanks to the tortured train of attacks and counter-attacks, this work is a detailed summary of the events that took place on the expedition, and is an important document in the War of the English Succession. A clean fresh copy bound in mottled calf, rebacked to match, with original spine label laid down.
      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.]
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