Tue, 3rd Nov 2015 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Encounter')

 
  Lot 64
 

64

THE SPITHEAD MUTINY, 1797: AN INFORMANTS...

THE SPITHEAD MUTINY, 1797: AN INFORMANTS LETTER TO LORD HOWE
a manuscript letter tightly written over four sides of a single folded sheet of laid paper watermarked for Cortlis & Sons / 1796 and addressed to an un-named retired Lord who was reporting to the King and giving background intelligence and "news" as heard on the street including details of the ring leader, Richard Parker, and the main causes for their grievances The itch of news my Lord is the general disease of the Town. I can not say I am possessed with it not further than a wish I have to collect something worth sending to your Lordship... Was your Lordship in active Life I would not presume to Obtrude on your thoughts but I have an excuse in wishing a moment of amusement in your retirement. signed and dated V.V. June 8th 97 -- 9 x 15in. (23 x 38cm.) open

The identity of the recipient is almost certainly Lord Howe - only recently retired, he was rowed from ship to ship and settled the mutiny before it spread out of control and whom the press reported was to have an audience with the King. The sender - 'V.V.' - remains a mystery and seems to have been a self-appointed spy, able to circulate around the taverns and streets without notice.

Sold for £248
Estimated at £200 - £400

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
modest wear at centre fold, but overall in a good condition commensurate with age.

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THE SPITHEAD MUTINY, 1797: AN INFORMANTS LETTER TO LORD HOWE
a manuscript letter tightly written over four sides of a single folded sheet of laid paper watermarked for Cortlis & Sons / 1796 and addressed to an un-named retired Lord who was reporting to the King and giving background intelligence and "news" as heard on the street including details of the ring leader, Richard Parker, and the main causes for their grievances The itch of news my Lord is the general disease of the Town. I can not say I am possessed with it not further than a wish I have to collect something worth sending to your Lordship... Was your Lordship in active Life I would not presume to Obtrude on your thoughts but I have an excuse in wishing a moment of amusement in your retirement. signed and dated V.V. June 8th 97 -- 9 x 15in. (23 x 38cm.) open

The identity of the recipient is almost certainly Lord Howe - only recently retired, he was rowed from ship to ship and settled the mutiny before it spread out of control and whom the press reported was to have an audience with the King. The sender - 'V.V.' - remains a mystery and seems to have been a self-appointed spy, able to circulate around the taverns and streets without notice.