Copyright The Malta Historical Society, 2005.

Source: Melita Historica : Journal of the Malta Historical Society. 1(1952)1(53-54)

The Keith Papers, selected from the papers of Admiral Viscount Keith, and edited by Christopher Lloyd, 2 vols. Printed for the Navy Records Society, 1950.

Lord Keith appeared on the scene as commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean, when Alexander Ball was in command of the Maltese land forces, and Troubridge in command of [p.54] the ships. The Russians at that time failed to put in an appearance, and when their envoy at Palermo, Italinski, was instructed to occupy Valletta with Russian troops the British commanders protested strongly.

The volume contains good sources for the eventful years of the early British occupation here. It includes the correspondence exchanged between Keith and admiral Ushakoff, Troubridge, the Dey of Algiers, Lock, Paget, Martin, Ball, and many others, with special reference to Malta, which can be traced through the index at the end.

J.G.