Lot 225: British naval officer (1726–1799) best known for his service in the American Revolution, during which he acted as a naval commander and a peace commissioner. Manuscript DS, signed "Howe," one page both sides, 7.5 x 9.75, March 25, 1794. Document headed "Rendezvous not to be Disclosed but when absolutely necessary for the Government of Ships having occasion to communicate with the Fleet," marked "Secret, No. 5," issued to Vice Admiral Thomas Graves. In part: "The Station of the Fleet will be from 5 to 10 Leagues West of Ushant, while the Wind continues from the N.N.W. and from that Point Eastward to the S.E. If the Wind is Westerly with fair Weather the Fleet will most probably be found from 15 to 30 Leagues West from Ushant. But during thick and tempestuous Weather when the Wind is more to the South and West…Having remained Three days on either of those Stations as the case may be You are to cruize for joining the Fleet…Sending in from time to time for Intelligence from Falmouth…You are to proceed to Torbay and wait there for further Directions…unless you have extraordinary Intelligence to communicate for the information of the Board which is then to be forwarded by Express." In fine condition, with intersecting folds, scattered creases, and a couple trivial stains.
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