GAMBIER Admiral James - Autograph Letter Signed 1799
Admiral James GAMBIER, 1st Baron Gambier (1756-1833)
Autograph Letter Signed (“J Gambier”) to Mrs. Stott in Brighthelmstone, Sussex, regarding a request that Lieut Gilson be appointed to a Prison Ship.
1 page 4to with integral address leaf, Admiralty, 9 September 1799.
“I have received your Letter of the 6th Inst. reminding me of the request made by my sister Mrs. Pitt for Lieut Gilson to be appointed to a Prison Ship. When an opportunity offers I shall be glad to assist Lieut Gilson in the attainment of his object, but as it rests intirely with Lord Spencer who has many applications for appointments of the same kind I cannot say when it is probably he may succeed.”
Gambier was at the time a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty under Earl Spencer, having served with some distinction during the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary Wars. He left the Admiralty in 1801, when he resumed active service with the Channel Fleet.
The sister mentioned here, Mrs. Pitt, was the wife of William Morton Pitt, MP for Dorset.
The address leaf has been franked by Evan Nepean, secretary to the Board of Admiralty, and later governor of Bombay.
The address leaf, with remains of the red wax seal, is very dusty and bears the remains of mounting. The letter itself shows traces of damp at the bottom, but remains in entirely legible condition. A previous collector has annotated the letter “Admiral Lord Gambier” in pencil at the top.
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