Figure 17: The front and back of a call slip from an unidentified library, displaying notes from William James’ Naval History of Great Britain (Sealts No. 294a) in Herman Melville’s hand, circa 1888, by permission of Houghton Library. As observed by Harrison Hayford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr., Melville’s notes (commencing "The subject is a melancholy one . . .") derive from James’ section on the "Mutiny at Spithead"; see Herman Melville. Billy Budd, Sailor: An Inside Narrative (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962), 55, 146, and 428.