[ Captain John Hudson, Governor of Queen's Bench Prison, and Royal Navy officer active against the slave trade. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J: Hudson') to an uncle, on a 'Bond of Security' for 'Jos. at Chatton', 'new regulations', 'queer subjects'.

Captain John Hudson (1796-1869), Governor of Queen's Bench Prison, Royal Navy officer active against the slave trade
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Queen's Bench Prison [ London ]. 23 July 1843.
SKU: 20454

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, but with closed tears along fold lines of both leaves. Addressed to 'My dear Uncle'. After giving him instructions regarding the 'Bond of Security', 'in order that I may present it to the Treasury', he continues: 'I assure you I am kept very busy, as the new regulations fast coming in force keeps [sic] me so constantly employed that I have no time for anything, & I have some very queer subjects to deal with, but I hope by perseverance to make them ere long satisfied with the new System.' He continues with news of his family, who are in 'inconvenient' lodgings, and his wife Emily, who is ill after giving birth to a stillborn daughter. He concludes: 'I expect to get into our own House in a Week, the Commissioners of Woods & Forests have been rather liberal in repairs, paint, paper &c. & it will be a most excellent & comfortable House.' The following obituary of Hudson appears in 'The Register, and Magazine of Biography' (1869): 'At Redhill, Surrey, aged 73, Capt. John Hudson, R.N. for many years . Governor of the Queen's Bench prison. He was the second son of the late Rev. J. Hudson, Vicar of Stanway, and was born in 1796. He entered the Navy in 1811, and was present at the siege of Cadiz, and took part in the defence of Tarifa; he was afterwards employed for many months in cruising off the island of Jamaica against the American enemy. He subsequently served in the Mediterranean and the Channel, and on the African and South American stations, where he cruised with much success against the slave trade. On one occasion Mr. Hudson distinguished himself at the capture, after a desperate resistance, of five vessels, having on board upwards of 1800 negroes, for which service he was promoted to a lieutenancy. He was subsequently employed in the coast-guard service until 1843, when he was appointed Governor of the Queen's Bench Prison. Capt. Hudson married in 1832 Emily, only child of the late Rev. P. Keith, Rector of Ruckinge, Kent, by whom, who died in 1844, he had issue six children.' Hudson's eldest son, Sir John Hudson (1833-1893), was a distinguished army officer with an entry in the Oxford DNB.