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Author Name:    Nautical - Newfoundland - Documents) DUCKWORTH, John Thomas CROKER, John Wilson

Title:   Letter on Altering Private Signals observed between His Majesty's Ships and the Post Office Packets

Publisher:    1810, 

Seller ID:   94440

(Nautical - Newfoundland - Documents). A Letter on Altering Private Signalsobserved between His Majesty's Ships and the Post Office Packets. A printe d form letter signed by John Wilson Croker, on behalf of Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth, then Governor of Newfoundland, reading thus: Admiralty Office, [27th Nov'r] 1810 Sir, My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty having caused an alteration to be made in the Private Signals observed between HisMajesty's SHips and the Post Office Packets; I am commanded by their Lords hips to transmit to you here with a Copy of the new Signals, toge- ther with a supply of blank forms, which you are to cause to be filled up agreeablyto the said Copy, and delivered to the respective Captains and Commanders of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels under your orders, with directions to them to observe these new signals, from the 1st of [March] next, on falling in with the Post Office Packets, instead of those hitherto made use of. I am, Sir, Your most obedient, Humble Servant, [J. W. Croker Admiral Sir John T. Duckworth, Newfoundland] --------- Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817), born in Leatherhead, England, had a long and illustrious naval career, joining the Royal Navy at the age of eleven and moving through the ranks, becoming a lieutenant in 1771, captain in 1780 and in 1793 commander ofthe Orion, a vessel carrying 74 guns. In 1800 he captured a rich Spanish c onvoy off the coast of Cadiz, and was knighted the following year. On 26 March 1810, Duckworth was appointed commander-in-chief and Governor of Newfoundland, in addition to being promoted to a full admiral. He was known for his efforts to improve the colony's educational and judicial systems, in addition to providing some protection for the Beothuk, offering a reward to anyone making peaceful contact with them. Duckworth left Newfoundland in October 1812 and became a member of parliament for New Romney in Great Britain.John Wilson Croker (1780-1857) was an Irish politician, administrator and commentator, who served as First Secretary to the Admiralty from 1810-1830.The text of the letter is type-set, while the date and Admiral's name belo w the text are in the hand of John Croker. Printed on paper with Britannia design watermark and "GOLDING & SNELGROVE 1809". Very good and a fine example of early nineteenth century Newfoundland ephemera. 600.00


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