Prince Edward: Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn seeking a favor for a friend

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

Prince Edward: Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn seeking a favor for a friend

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

Prince Edward to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn seeking a favor for a friend, 8 April 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, 8 April 1813. To Sir James Cockburn, (1771–1852), Governor of Bermuda from 1811–1819 and the ninth Baronet of Langton, Berwick.

My Dear Sir James,

Finding that your Brother is just gone to Hamburgh [sic] & that no intimation has been sent by him, prior to his departure, to Mr. Crutz, of his requiring his Services, I am … to address this note to you, under the hope that you will recall his kind promise in behalf of that young man to his recollection so as to insure him, if not immediate employment under him, at least the promise of it when things are so far arranged on that Continent, as to admit [?] of his fixing his establishment. I am sure you will do me the justice to believe, that, if I did not hold Mr. Crutz to be particularly well qualified for the situation he is destined to fill, I never should have thought of asking you to place him with your Brother, as I am aware he ought to have none but trusty and efficient People about him. Altho’ … say you are on the wing for Bermuda, I trust I shall yet have the happiness of shaking hands with you before your Departure, and therefore, at present, I will only take my leave with reporting the sentiments of friendly regard and sincere esteem with which I ever am Dear Sir James

Yours most faithfully Edward

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, with whom Mr. Crutz is seeking employment on the Continent

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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