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Lewis, Thomas, Captain (1742-1795)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 LEW

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Lewis, Thomas, Captain (1742-1795)

Date(s): 1779-1782

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Lewis | Thomas | 1742-1795 | Captain


Administrative/Biographical history:

Lewis was made a lieutenant in 1761 and, unusually, went to Germany on a diplomatic mission as a private secretary between 1776 and 1778. He was then recommended to Lord Carlisle (1748-1825) as a secretary and in April 1778 sailed in the TRIDENT, Captain John Elliot, with the unsuccessful Peace Commission to America. In 1781 Lewis was First Lieutenant of the SAMPSON and then Commander of the PLUTO in 1782. He was promoted to captain in the same year when he commanded the Romney but had no naval service after 1783. In 1779 his brother died and he succeeded to the family property of Gellidywyll, Cenarth, Carmarthen.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Cpt Thomas Lewis, consisting of correspondence with Lord Sandwich concerning Lewis's attempts to obtain promotion, 1779 to 1782, orders relating to ships' administration, 1780, and orders relating to the Romney, 1782. There are also notes and an account of the Carlisle Commission.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented by Admiral H.W.W. Hope, a descendant, in 1955.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

American War of Independence (1775-1783) | Wars (events)
Conflict resolution | International conflicts
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Lewis | Thomas | 1742-1795 | Captain
Montagu | John | 1718-1792 | 4th Earl of Sandwich | statesman

Corporate names
Royal Navy