Collection contains correspondence and
documents of Robert Saunders Dundas, Viscount Melville (1771-1851), chiefly related to the War
Robert Saunders Dundas, British statesman, entered politics as a Member of Parliament
in 1794, succeeded his father as 2nd Viscount Melville in 1811, and was appointed
First Lord of the Admiralty the following year. He occupied this post during the War
of 1812 and throughout the long Tory ministry of Lord Liverpool, returned briefly in
1828 under Wellington, and retired from active political life in 1830.
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