As Permanent Secretary of the British Admiralty, the promoter of
exploration transmits information concerning the wreck of a French ship off the
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.
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