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As Permanent Secretary of the British Admiralty, the promoter of exploration transmits information concerning the wreck of a French ship off the Falkland Islands.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Jn Barrow", 1 page, 7¾x12½. Admiralty (London), 1835 October 14. To Rear Admiral Sir G. E. Hamond, KCB, South America. In full: "I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit to you herewith a Copy of a letter from the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, with copies of the Papers therein referred to respecting the conduct of certain Naval Officers on the occasion of the wreck of the French ship 'Pierre Louis' on the 12 Feby last, off the Falkland Islands, and I am to desire that you will make known to the officers mentioned the communication which has been received from the French Government." Accompanied by handwritten clerical copies of letters concerning the shipwreck, including this testimony by the Captain of the Louis Pierre, originally written to the French Navy Minister, praising the officers of the rescuing British vessel who "not only gave us a place at their table, but didn't even want to accept any compensation and declared to us that the shipwrecked Frenchmen were brothers …" English statesman Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) was an aide to Lord Macartney on the historic first British mission to China (1792-1794), acquiring good Chinese language skills and a lifelong interest in the country. In 1797, he traveled for the British government to the newly acquired Cape Colony, tasked with promoting understanding between the Boer and black African populations there. In 1804, he was appointed Second Secretary of the Admiralty, rising to Permanent Secretary and remaining in this office until 1845. Barrow is chiefly remembered for promoting Arctic exploration. The Barrow Strait, and the town of Barrow, Alaska, are among the geographic sites named for him. After retiring from the Admiralty, he wrote an autobiography and a history of Arctic expeditions. He was a member of the Royal Society. Toned and creased. Multiple folds. Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition. Previously authenticated by PSA/DNA.


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Born: June 19, 1764
Died: November 23, 1848

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