1. In chapter one, under what circumstances do Sir Joseph Blain, Admiral Harte, and various other political and military figures meet?
Meeting of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
2. Why is the First Lord of the Lords Commissioners not happy about allowing captured Spanish vessels to be considered prizes?
Aubrey benefits from the prizes.
3. What is the ruling of the First Lord about the seized Spanish ships?
Captured vessels escheat to the crown.
4. Why does the First Lord's mention of Stephen Maturin shock and dismay Sir Joseph Blain?
Maturin's identity as intelligence agent is leaked.
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