Cockburn, Governor James: Signed and dated warrant

Cockburn, Governor James: Signed and dated warrant
Cockburn, Governor James: Signed and dated warrant

Cockburn, Governor James: Signed and dated warrant

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James Cockburn

Warrant directing payment to be made to Lieutenant James William Cole of the 21st Regiment of Foot

James Cockburn (1771–1852). Governor of Bermuda from 1811 to 1819 and the ninth Baronet of Langton, Berwick. Partially printed document signed. (“Jas. Cockburn Govr. & Comdr. In chief”). A warrant directing payment to be made to Lieutenant James William Cole of the 21st Regiment of Foot.  1 page. Tall 4to. (Approximately 7 ½ x 12 ½ inches). St. George’s, 13 May 1815. To Edward Jones Esq., Deputy Pay-Master General.

WARRANT

By his Excellency Sir Jas Cockburn b[ot]h Gov[ernor] and Com[man]der in Chief Commanding His Majesty’s Forces in the Bermudas

In pursuance of the second Article of your Instructions, You are hereby authorized and required, out of such Monies as are in or shall come to your hands for the ordinary Service of His Majesty’s forces under my Command, to pay or cause to be paid, to Lieut[enant] J.W. Cole of the 1st Battalion of the 21st Regiment of Foot the sum of nineteen pounds, sixteen shillings & sixpence Sterling, on Account of the said regiment, from the 25th March 1815, to the 24th May following, both days inclusive, viz.

Pay and Allowances of Officers and Men……£ 19:16:6
Allowances to Field Officers and Chaplains……
Contingencies……
Recruiting……
£ : : 

And for so doing, this, with the Acquittance of the said John W. Cole shall be to you a sufficient Warrant and Discharge.

Given under my hand at St. George this 13th day of May 1815 Jas. Cockburn Gov[erno]r & Com[man]d[e]r in chief

Received this 14th day of May 1815, from General, the abovementioned Sterling Sum, in Coins of the following Description and Value, viz.

Description} Do pay [?]

Value} 4/8

Amount} 19.16.6

For which I have given Triplicate Receipts £19.16.6

[signed] John William Cole Lieut. 21st N[orth]. Fuz[ilier]s

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, which lasted until February 1815. Cockburn became infamous for allowing privateers in Bermuda waters to attack ships flying the American Flag.

The 21st Regiment of Foot was known as the Royal North British Fusiliers until 1877. Lieutenant Cole is possibly the same John William Cole who authored the two-volume Memoirs of British Generals Distinguished During the Peninsular War, printed in London in 1856.

Folded into quarters. Partially printed docket on the verso. In fine condition.

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