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Letter Dispensing with Production of Log Books at the Navy Office, 23 July 1811
1811, 1811 - (Nautical - Newfoundland - Documents). A Letter Dispensing with Production of Log Books at the Navy Office, 23 July 1811. A printed form letter signed by John Wilson Croker, on behalf of Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth, then Governor of Newfoundland, reading thus: Admiralty Office, 23 July 1811 Sir, I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to signify their direction to you to distribute the accompanying circular Letters, dispens- ing with the production of Log Books by the Cap- tains at the Navy Office, to the Captains and Commanders of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels under your orders. I am, Sir, Your most obedient, Humble Servant, J. W. Croker Admiral Sir John Tho. Duckworth [.] Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817), born in Leatherhead, England, had a long and illustrious naval career, joining the Royal Navy at the age of eleven and moving through the ranks, becoming a lieutenant in 1771, captain in 1780 and in 1793 commander of the Orion, a vessel carrying 74 guns. In 1800 he captured a rich Spanish convoy off the coast of Cadiz, and was knighted the following year. On 26 March 1810, Duckworth was appointed commander-in-chief and Governor of Newfoundland, in addition to being promoted to a full admiral. He was known for his efforts to improve the colony's educational and judicial systems, in addition to providing some protection for the Beothuk, offering a reward to anyone making peaceful contact with them. Duckworth left Newfoundland in October 1812 and became a member of parliament for New Romney in Great Britain. John Wilson Croker (1780-1857) was an Irish politician, administrator and commentator, who served as First Secretary to the Admiralty from 1810-1830. The text of the letter is type-set, while the date and Admiral's name to the lower left of the text are in the hand of John Croker. Presented in a black 16" by 20" frame, the letter itself measures 15 5/8" by 12 1/2", folded four times, dividing the sheet into eight sections. On the second section to the left of the letter, Croker has written: Admiralty 23 July 1812 (changed to 1811 by Croker) Dispensing with production of Log Books at the Navy Office. When folded correctly, this information would appear on the front, identifying the purpose of the letter to the intended receiver. The letter has been matted and framed using quality archival methods, by Spurrello Gallery of St. John's, Newfoundland. With the exception of two small foxed spots and a minor light grey smudge beside the signature, this letter is a fine example of early nineteenth century Newfoundland ephemera. 1,000.00 [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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