Prince Edward: Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn mentioning his return to Bermuda

Prince Edward to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn
Prince Edward to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn
Prince Edward to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn
Prince Edward to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn

Prince Edward: Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn mentioning his return to Bermuda

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

Prince Edward to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn mentioning his return to Bermuda, 5 April 1814

Fourth son of King George III and father of Queen Victoria. Letter signed (“Edward”). 4 pages. 8vo. (approximately 4 ¾ x 7 ½ inches). Kensington Palace, 5 April 1814. To Sir James Cockburn, (1771–1852), Governor of Bermuda from 1811–1819 and the ninth Baronet of Langton, Berwick.

My dear Sir James,

I return you my sincere thanks for your kind letter of the 3d inclosing Mr. Amyots [sic] answer upon the subject of my wishes in favour of Mr. Thompson, & altho circumstances have unavoidably prevented the fulfillment of my views I beg of you to assure Mr. Amyott yourself to believe that I equally appreciate the obliging & friendly disposition that has been so fully shown by you both upon the occasion. Mr. Amyott may rely upon my punctual & particular attention to his caution of Silence as to the actual appointment of a … to Mr. Taylor. At present I have no further call to trespass upon your kindness or your proceeding to Bermuda and I am sure you will bear in mind the favourable disposition I have expressed towards certain Individuals whom I named to you. Allow me however to wish you all possible health happiness & prosperity, and believe me ever to remain with friendly regard Dear Sir James

Yours faithfully…

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.

Written on a folded sheet which bears normal mailing folds and is in very good condition.

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