Lot 21: British Royal Navy: 1776 Archive
12th July 2017
Unique archive of 13 items relating to the Revolutionary War, including: a set of four manuscript letters signed “M[olyneux]. Shuldham,” six total pages, each 8 x 12.75, addressed to the “Commissioners for Victualling His Majesty’s Navy.” Two are dated April 17, 1776, and respectively report that “the Albion was at Antigua…and that she was expected to leave that place with several other vessels bound to America about the 1st March under Convoy of the Experiment” and “The Sloop Princess Augusta…which you sent to me with Sour Krout for the use of His Majesty’s Squadron under my command, being cleared of her Loading, I have ordered the Agent Victualler to put on board the said Sloop such Cask, Staves, Hoops, etc.” The third letter, March 22, 1776, in part: “The Sloop Princess Augusta…with Sour Krout for the use of His Majesty’s Ships under my Command arrived here yesterday, and on Our arrival at Halifax, for which place we shall sail in a day or two.” The final letter, dated May 5, 1776, in part: “Herewith I transmit to you a Copy of a Letter to me, from Mr. Alexander Brymer, Agent to the Contractor for Supplying His Majesty’s Ships on this Station with Rum, on my application to him for a Supply.” Also included is a manuscript DS signed “Evan Nepean,” one page, 12.25 x 14.5, consisting of “An Account of the Remains of Provisions on board the Victuallers in Nantucket Road, Boston the 22nd March 1776,” listing ship names such as King George, Hellespont, British Queen, Joseph, Saville, and Princess Augusta; and a letter signed “Alex’r Brymer,” one page both sides, 8 x 12.75, addressed to Molyneux Shuldham, in which he explains his difficulties in procuring rum, in part: “Party matters run so high among us that several whom I applied to, to Charter Vessels, declare they would sooner burn them than in any way contribute to the Relief of His Majesty’s Forces now employed against Boston.” Also include a set of seven engravings from Barnard's New Complete and Authentic History of England, six of which measure 9.5 x 15 and were drawn by William Hamilton, and one measures 15 x 9.5, and was drawn by George Henry Millar. The Hamilton engravings include: "The Preliminary Articles of Peace between Great Britain & France and Great Britain and Spain,” “St. Lucia in the West Indies taken Possession of by Admiral Barrington,” “The Unfortunate Death of Major Andre,” “The Manner in which the American Colonies Declared themselves Independant of the King of England,” “The American General Lee taken Prisoner by Lieutenant Colonel Harcourt of the English Army,” and “The Surrender of Earl Cornwallis…to General Washington & Count Rochambeau.” The lone Millar engraving shows the "View of The Attack on Bunker's Hill, with the Burning of Charles Town, June 17, 1775.” In overall very good to fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.
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