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#275 - John Byng

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Rare handwritten letter from the future admiral of the Royal Navy
Description                           Estimate: $1,400+          

Royal Navy officer (1704–1757) whose loss of Minorca at the beginning of the Seven Years’ War led to his execution. ALS signed “J. Byng,” one page both sides, 7.5 x 8.75, June 13, 1743. In part: “Inclosed I send the order…of Expence of corks, staves, etc, which were sent me…It is but true what I told you at Mr. Hickson in relation to Mr. Surrdige the Monie you gave him on my account he has absented himself with and I have never seen nor heard of his since, I always took him for a very Honest man, but we are all so till we are tried, this is his wife, his damn Scotch wife.” Byng adds a lengthy postscript, in part: “Charles Hardy’s flag is Hoisted on board one and I believe he will Hold if Court Martial this day, If you have any news…favour me with it, and you will oblige me.” In fine condition, with some light foxing, and writing showing through from opposing sides. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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