Prince Edward: Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn

Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn
Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn
Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn
Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn

Prince Edward: Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn


Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767–1820)

A letter of introduction from Prince Edward to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn, 11 August 1813

Fourth son of King George III and father of Queen Victoria. Letter signed (“Edward”). 3 pages. 8vo. (4 7/8 x 7 ¾ inches). Kensington Palace, 11 August 1813. To Sir James Cockburn, (1771–1852), Governor of Bermuda from 1811–1819 and the ninth Baronet of Langton, Berwick.

My Dear Sir James,

The Bearer of this note is Mr. Crutz the Gentleman in whose favour I addressed you some weeks since. I have given him this note as an introduction to you to enable you to see him & hear from him personally the object of his wishes. I remain with true friendship & regard My Dear Sir James

Yours faithfully

P.S. It has been a matter of great regret to me that I have been unable to see you when you did me the honor of calling upon the two last occasions but in the course of 10 days from this time I hope to be able to see my friends again as usual.

Edward lived in Canada from 1791 to 1798 and again as the commander-in-chief of British forces in North America from 1799 to 1800, during which time he improved the military defenses of the British naval installment at Halifax. He served as governor of Gibraltar from 1802 to 1803 and retained that title until his death. However, his most important accomplishment was providing a legitimate heir to the English in his daughter, Victoria, who succeeded her uncle, William IV, to become queen of England in 1837.

From 1806 to 1807, Cockburn served as under-secretary of state for war and the colonies, during which time he became a close friend of Edward. Cockburn was governor of Bermuda from 1811 to 1819, a tenure which saw the War of 1812 between the British and the Americans drastically increase Bermuda’s strategic importance. It was from Bermuda that the famous attack on Washington, D.C., was launched, as were naval battles fought on the Chesapeake Bay. During the War of 1812, Cockburn became infamous for allowing privateers in Bermuda waters to attack ships flying the American Flag. Cockburn was one of several distinguished brothers including Alexander Cockburn (1776–1852), British envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Württemberg and Columbia, of whom Edward is seeking a favor.

Written on a folded sheet which has been folded for mailing. Paper loss to the third page affecting two words. In very good condition.

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