Diary of G.Eastlake, visiting northern Spain

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Diary of George Eastlake.

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George Eastlake, Solicitor to the Admiralty and Judge-Advocate at Plymouth, visited northern Spain in company with Admiral Sir Thomas Byam Martin, during September 1813. Martin was sent by the Admiralty to discover Wellington's requirements for naval assistance. The diary covers the journey to and from the north coast of Spain, starting from Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, 7 September 1813, to Passages; visiting Sir T.Graham in his quarters at Urtasun, going on to Wellington's headquarters at Lesaca, crossing the Pyrenees, dining with Wellington, the army's camp at Bidassoa, the return to Graham's quarters, the journey to Irun, and to San Sebastian immediately after the siege, returning to Falmouth.

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Compiled by Gwennyth Anderson

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The diary is printed in part, with more information about Eastlake, by S.G.P.Ward, 'Mr Eastlake's visit to Spain in 1813', JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR ARMY HISTORICAL RESEARCH 70 (no.282) (Summer 1992) pp.71-86.

Martin's correspondence for this journey is printed in LETTERS AND PAPERS OF ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET SIR THOS. BYAM MARTIN G.C.B. ed. Sir R.V.Hamilton (Navy Records Society, 12, 19, 24; 1898-1903) ii (vol. 12), pp. 383-416.