HL Deb 23 January 1855 vol 136 cc898-9

acquainted the House, That he had received the following Letter from Vice Admiral James Whitley Deans Dundas, in return to the Thanks of this House communicated to him by The Lord Chancellor in obedience to an Order of this House, of the 15th of December, 1854— "Britannia, at Malta, 6th January, 1855. My Lord—I have had the Honour this Day to receive your Letter, dated the 18th ultimo, transmitting the Resolutions of the House of Lords expressive of the high Sense it entertains of the valuable Services rendered by myself, and by the Officers, Seamen, and Marines in the Fleet lately under my command: Having on the 31st ultimo transferred my Command to Rear-Admiral Sir Edmund Lyons, I have transmitted Copies of your Letter to me, and of the Resolutions of the House of Lords, to be made known to the several Officers who were serving under me: I have also, in obedience to the Orders of the House, forwarded to Admiral Hamelin the Resolution thanking that Officer and the French Navy for their cordial Co-operation in the various Services in which the combined Fleets have been engaged; and as Admiral Hamelin has also transferred his Command, I have sent Copies to Vice-Admiral Bruat for Communication to the French Navy: The high Honour and Distinction the House of Lords has thus been pleased to confer on myself, the Officers, Seamen, and Marines of the Fleet lately under my Command, will be received by all with deep Gratitude and Respect; and I have to beg your Lordship will be pleased to accept my sincere Thanks for the generous Terms in which you have conveyed to me the Resolutions of the House. I have the Honour to be, My Lord, Your Lordship's most obedient humble Servant, "J. W. D. DUNDAS, Vice-Admiral. The same being read, was Ordered to lie on the Table; and to be entered on the Journals.