Prince Edward: Letter to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn seeking the favor of Cockburn’s diplomat brother

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 seeking the favor of Cockburn’s diplomat brother

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

Prince Edward to the Bermuda Governor Cockburn seeking the favor of Cockburn’s diplomat brother, 5 April 1814

Fourth son of King George III and father of Queen Victoria. Letter signed (“Edward”). 2 ½ pages. 4to. (7 ¾ x 9 ½ inches). Kensington Palace, 2 March 1814. To Sir James Cockburn, (1771–1852), Governor of Bermuda from 1811–1819 and the ninth Baronet of Langton, Berwick.

My Dear Sir James,

Having yesterday received the accompanying Letter from Mr. Crutz whom I recommended to the countenance & protection of your Brother Mr. Cockburn some time since through you, I venture to solicit the favor of you to submit the contents of it to your Brother, in order to ascertain how the views of the young man who I am really most anxious to assist in the object proposed, can best be forwarded. May I beg the favor of you to communicate to me the result of your interference so that I may relieve the suspense of Mr. Crutz by causing the … to be forwarded to h[i]m. I remain ever with friendly regard Dear Sir James

Yours 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, 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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