Admiral Lord Richard Howe, RN, (Black Dick to the Fleet) was the most correct of men. Yet he had his own, very distinct manner of doing things. He won naval battles the old fashioned way but he also won one or two without firing a shot. Armed only with his reputation for honesty and decency he ended one of the Royal Navy’s greatest mutinies without hanging a soul. While serving as Treasurer of the Navy he stole not a single penny. When sent to end the North American Insurrection he struggled mightily to charm the colonists into staying in the Empire rather than attempt to force them to do so at gunpoint. And he came close to succeeding.
Throughout his very long and very active life, Howe kept doing things that raised eyebrows. In the case of his service in North America, he was even charged with treason for failing to pound hard enough on the colonists.
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