This is the first in a series of three posts about documents from this series. AGC is a most interesting series- not necessarily because of the records held (although they are individually quite interesting), but because it is one of the first collections that formed the archival collection of the National Maritime Museum (is discussed in the catalogue). These are original, autograph documents, and reign from the 14th century to the 20th century. Many of these are letters, but it also contains other hand written documents.
One of the document is AGC/S/25, which is a letter from Cloudesley Shovell in 1692. He is more famous for dying in 1707 in the Scilly Islands, but in the early 1690s he was involved in a number of “amphibious”-like attacks against Dunkirk and other places. In this period, he was commanding a division within the fleet that was in the Channel, fighting against the French during the 9 Years War. According to the catalogue, this letter appears to have been written after the Battle of La Hogue, and it was also published in The Naval Chronicle, vol iv.
This letter largely has to do with tactics of following up on that battle by landing troops along the French channel coast.