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Pocock (Sir George) Papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Sir George Pocock papers
    Creator: Pocock, George, Sir, 1706-1792
    Identifier/Call Number: mssPO
    Physical Description: 11.66 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
    Physical Description: 1,170 Items
    Date (inclusive): 1734-1793
    Abstract: Official papers and correspondence of Sir George Pocock from 1734-1793.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Sir George Pocock papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Museum Book Store, London, 1925.

    Biographical / Historical

    Sir George Pocock, British admiral, entered the navy in 1718. In 1738-1744, during the War of Jenkins' Ear, he served in the Mediterranean fleet of Rear Admiral Nicholas Haddock. In 1744 he convoyed the African and East Indian trade, and in 1745-1748 served in the West Indies. From 1748 to 1752 he lived in England. In 1756 he was promoted to Rear Admiral of the White, then Vice-Admiral, and in 1757 assumed the chief command of the East Indian squadron. In 1761 he was promoted to Admiral of the Blue and was made a Knight of the Bath. In 1762 Pocock was appointed commander-in-chief of the successful expedition against Havana, Cuba, with Lord Albermarle in charge of the land forces. Pocock retired from service in 1766.

    Scope and Contents

    Official papers and correspondence of Sir George Pocock regarding the Admiralty administration; management of various vessels under Pocock's command; naval activities in the English Channel, the Mediterranean, and the West Indies, 1733-1748; intelligence regarding the French conquest of St. John's, Newfoundland in June, 1762; and the British expedition against Cuba, 1762. Correspondents include Rear Admiral Nicholas Haddock, Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel, George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albermarle, and others. Personal correspondence between Dawsonne Drake and Sir George Pocock covers Drake's short administration as governor of Manila during the British occupation of the Philippines in 1762; social life and politics during Drake's subsequent residence at Fort St. George, Madras in 1762-1780.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff, circa mid-20th century. In 2019, Gina C Giang created a finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Pocock, George. Letterbook, 1757 April 14-1765 May 9. mssHM 1000.


    Materials arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Admirals -- Great Britain -- 18th century -- Correspondence
    Anglo-Spanish War, 1739-1748 -- Naval operations
    Seven Years' War, 1756-1763 -- Naval operations
    Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 18th century -- Sources
    Philippines -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    Fort Saint George (Chennai, India) -- Description and travel
    St. John's (N.L.) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Military records -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Haddock, Nicholas, 1686-1746
    Great Britain. Admiralty -- Archives
    Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Archives
    Albemarle, George Keppel, Earl of, 1724-1772
    Drake, Dawsonne, 1762-1789
    Albemarle, George Keppel, Earl of, 1724-1772
    Haddock, Nicholas, 1686-1746