Cockburn, Governor James: Signed and dated warrant

An 1815 warrant signed by Bermuda Governor James Cockburn
An 1815 warrant signed by Bermuda Governor James Cockburn

Cockburn, Governor James: Signed and dated warrant

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Cockburn, James (1771–1852)

An 1815 warrant signed by Bermuda Governor James Cockburn

Governor of Bermuda from 1811–1819 and the ninth Baronet of Langton, Berwick.

Partially printed document signed (“Jas. Cockburn Govr. & Comdr. In chief”). A warrant directing payment on an account. 1 page. Tall 4to. Bermuda, December 1815. To J. D. Anderson Esq.

Acting Assistant Commissary General.
WARRANT
No.
BERMUDA, alias Somers’ Islands.}
By his Excellency Sir James Cockburn both Governor and Commander in Chief, &c. &c.
To J. D. Anderson Esq. Acting Assistant Commissary General. By virtue of the power in me invested, I do hereby direct and require you to pay to the several persons or to their Order, to whom it is due, the sum of Forty Six pounds Nine shillings and Six pence halfpenny British Sterling as per the annexed Account, for which, this with the acquittances of the said several persons or their assigns shall be to you a sufficient Warrant and Authority. Given under my hand at Bermuda, this day of December 1815.
£46..9.:6 ½BrStlg

After America won independence from the British, Bermuda became the British Navy’s base in the Western Atlantic Ocean. The early part of the 19th century saw a buildup of military personnel in Bermuda, such as the recipient of our warrant, as well as a dramatic increase in military fortifications. From 1806-1807, Cockburn served as under-secretary of state for war and the colonies. The War of 1812 between the British and the Americans drastically increased 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.

Folded and with some nominal wear. Evidence of a red wax seal on the verso can be seen in the upper left corner. Darkly signed and in very good condition.

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