COCKBURN

[ King William IV, as Lord High Admiral. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William') to Sir James Cockburn, Inspector General of the Royal Marines, regarding 'the proper mode of depositing the various Colours' used by the different divisions.

Author: 
King William IV (1765-1837) of the United Kingdom, King of Hanover [ Sir James Cockburn (1771-1852), 9th Baronet, Inspector General of the Royal Marines ]
Publication details: 
Admiralty [ London ]. 16 August 1828.
£250.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Cockburn is not named as the recipient, but the item is from his papers. There has been some difficulty regarding 'the proper mode of depositing the various Colours that have been in use with the different Divisions of the Royal Marines', but William (who was at the time the Duke of Clarence) knows 'that these Colours belong to His Majesty and not as in Departments to the Colonels'. He gives instructions, 'so that they may be placed in the Chapel of the Royal Hospital' at Greenwich, and gives his reason for doing so.

[ King William IV, as Lord High Admiral. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William') to Sir James Cockburn, Inspector General of the Royal Marines, concerning officer's examinations, divisional reports, and the preparation of a portrait.

Author: 
King William IV (1765-1837) of the United Kingdom, King of Hanover [ Sir James Cockburn (1771-1852), 9th Baronet, Inspector General of the Royal Marines ]
Publication details: 
Bushy House. 14 November 1829.
£250.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged. Cockburn is not named as the recipient, but the item comes from his papers. William (at the time the Duke of Clarence) writes: 'I rejoice exceedingly at the favourable account you are enabled to give me concerning the late examination for Adjutants amongs the Royal Marine Officers'. He is anxious to have Cockburn's 'various reports from the different Divisions'.

[ King William IV as Lord High Admiral. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William') to Sir James Cockburn, Inspector General of the Royal Marines, on Lt-Col. Robert Moncrieff acting 'foolishly' over his commission. With ALS from Moncrieff on the subject.

Author: 
King William IV (1765-1837) of the United Kingdom, King of Hanover [ Sir James Cockburn (1771-1852), 9th Baronet, Inspector General of the Royal Marines; Lt Col. Robert Moncrieff ]
Publication details: 
Admiralty [ London ]. 22 November 1827. [ Moncrieff's letter to Cockburn from Portsmouth, 22 November 1827. ]
£200.00

2pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight tear to one edge. Cockburn is not named as the recipient, but the item comes from his papers. William (at the time the Duke of Clarence) writes that he is enclosing Moncrieff's letter, 'by which you will perceive he is acting foolishly not to use a harsher term. My determination therefore is when I arrive tomorrow afternoon at Portsmouth to be informed by you whether he sells or goes on the Half pay of a Colonel which is Fourteen Shillings and Six Pence pr: diem.

[ Lord Swinton, Scottish judge. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Swinton'), urging 'J. Cockburn' to accept the post of Commissioner for the sale of the Land Tax.

Author: 
John Swinton, Lord Swinton (1723-1799), Scottish judge
Publication details: 
11 October 1798.
£120.00

1p., 4to. On recto of first leaf of a bifolium, with autograph copy of Cockburn's reply on recto of second leaf. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'J. Cockburn <?> Esqr'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He has had 'a very pressing letter from the Exchequer concerning the appointment of Commissioners for the sale of the Land Tax', and not having heard from him, hope that he will accept the post, 'which I really wish you to do as you have been accustomed to that kind of Business & I know you can be of infinite service on this occasion.

[ Hon. Henry Erskine, Lord Advocate for Scotland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Erskine'), to John Cockburn Ross, regarding Cathcart and 'the Richmond Scenery'.

Author: 
Henry Erskine (1746-1814), Lord Advocate for Scotland [ John Cockburn Ross of Rowchester, Berwickshire ]
Publication details: 
Keswick. 17 June 1812.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. Reverse of second leaf, with part of red wax seal and Keswick postmark, addressed to Ross at Tadcaster, and forwarded to the Crown Inn, 'Harragate', Yorkshire. He begins by explaining that a delay to his departure for Scotland is the reason for the late reply. 'To morrow or next day we shall set out. The moment I reach Edinburgh I shall see Cathcart & immediately write you most minutely every thing regarding the Richmond Scenery | All this Party send you their best Compts.

[ Hon. Henry Erskine, Lord Advocate for Scotland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Erskine') to Mrs Cockburn Ross, dissuading her from hiring Archibald Black.

Author: 
Henry Erskine (1746-1814), Lord Advocate for Scotland [ Mrs Cockburn Ross of Rowchester, Berwickshire; Archibald Black ]
Publication details: 
Princes Street [ Edinburgh ]. 30 January 1804.
£120.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Addressed, with red wax seal, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Mrs. Cockburn Ross | Pooles Hotel'. He begins by explaining why he has not replied to her letter sooner, his clerk having placed it 'with some Letters of Business'. Archibald Black, who was formerly in his service, is 'a good natured honest Creature', but he cannot advise her to hire him. On the poor mans account I would not wish to be more particular than just saying that it is not owing to any objection to his moral Character that leads me to dissuade you from engaging him'.

[ Lord Glenelg and the Distillery Laws. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Cha. Grant') to John Cockburn Ross regarding his memorial proposing 'the amelioration of the Distillery Laws', with reference to the Highland Distillery and Sir Charles Ross.

Author: 
Charles Grant (1778-1866), 1st Baron Glenelg, Secretary of State for War and President of the Board of Trade [ John Cockburn Ross of Rowchester; Highland Distillery; Mackenzie; Sir Charles Ross' ]
Publication details: 
London. 1 April 1807.
£120.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He has communicated the recipient's letter, with the memorial regarding 'the amelioration of the Distillery Laws', to 'Sir Charles Ross & Brigadier Genl Mackenzie', and they have been well received. 'One of the Gentlemen submitted the Memorial to the perusal of the Lords Stafford & Seaforth who as I understand are zealous for the reform of those Laws'. Seaforth has signed.

[ David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Buchan') to John Cockburn Ross, recommending the 'Mr Jay who conducts the Commercial Academy' for the education of his son.

Author: 
David Steuart Erskine (1742-1829), 11th Earl of Buchan [ Lord Cardross ], Scottish aristocrat and antiquary [ john Cockburn Ross of Rowchester, Berwickshire ]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 18 June 1812.
£80.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, 'To John Cockburn Ross Esqr. | Thorpe <?> | by Willerby | Yorkshire', and redirected to 'Crown Inn | Harrogate'. Recommending, 'in the view of preparing yr. young Son for commercial life', 'Mr. Jay who conducts the Commercial Academy', who was 'long ago in the House of Livingston & Co. Merchts at Rotterdam. He married a Daughter of Mr. Livingston and when the troubles in Holland forced him to leave it settled at Leith where he was involved in connections that proved unssuccessful from the disturbed state of Europe'.

[ Sir Henry Raeburn, Scottish portrait painter. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed and one Autograph Note Signed (all 'Henry Raeburn') to John Cockburn Ross, discussing terms for painting him, and a debt owed to him by Sir Alexander Don for a portrait.

Author: 
Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), Scottish portrait painter [ John Cockburn Ross; Sir Alexander Don ]
Publication details: 
All from Edinburgh [ Scotland ]. 6 and 29 November 1797, and 7 June 1806.
£750.00

The first two are addressed to Ross, 'of Rochester by Greenlaw', and the third to him 'of Shandwick by Parkhill | Rossshire'. Each letter with postmark in red ink. ONE: Letter of 6 November 1797. 3pp., 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn.

[The Chester Vale coffee plantation, Jamaica, owned by the Breon family.] Six sets of manuscript accounts, four for Edmund Breon; one for Thomas Cockburn, guardian of Miss Elizabeth Susanna Breon; and one for her husband Colin McLarty, MD.

Author: 
[The Chester Vale coffee plantation, Jamaica; Edmund Breon, proprietor; his daughter Elizabeth Susanna Breon; her husband Colin McLarty; Thomas Cockburn of Cockburn, Robertson & Vassall, solicitors]
Publication details: 
Kingston, Jamaica. 1785, 1787, 1789, 1791, 1792, 1795.
£580.00

Chester Vale, a substantial estate of 1420 acres, paid taxes on 124 slaves in 1801. McLarty (d.1844) was Physician-General for Surrey (Jamaica), and several letters written by him from the island are in the National Library of Scotland, and are quoted in Alan L Karras's 'Sojourners in the Sun: Scottish Migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740-1800' (Cornell, 1992). In 1794 he acquired Chester Vale on his marriage to Elizabeth Susanna Breon, whose father Edmund Breon had died in 1792, leaving her the ward of the solicitor Thomas Cockburn.

[Printed book by Lieutenant Alexander Dingwall Fordyce, R.N.] Outlines of Naval Routine. [With ownership inscription of J. D. Cockburn of HMS Gorgon, and with manuscript 'list of Tools and sundrie [sic] articles' left by him with James Williams.]

Author: 
Lieut. Alex. Dingwall Fordyce, R.N. [Captain Alexander Dingwall Fordyce (1800-1864), Member of Parliament for Aberdeen]
Publication details: 
London: Smith, Elder, & Co. Cornhill. 1837.
£120.00

xvi + 230 + ii pp., plates inc. 5 folding, 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with the top part of the title leaf torn away, resulting in the loss of the works 'Outline of' from the title. In detached and heavily-worn original publisher's quarter-binding of grey paper boards and brown cloth spine with paper label. Bookseller's ticket of W. Hodge, East Street, Chichester, on front pastedown, together with ink inscription of 'J. D. Cockburn | H.M.S. Gorgon | 1859 | Port Royal'. Pencil inscription on front free endpaper of 'W. Cockburn | Carp R.N'.

Autograph Letter Signed from 'the Whitechapel Road murderer' Henry Wainwright, asking an unnmaed individual to preside at a 'testimonial Entertainment' for 'Mr. Talbot' at the Beaumont Institution, Mile End Road.

Author: 
Henry Wainwright (c.1839-1875), 'Whitechapel Road murderer' of his mistress Harriet Lane, found guilty after an Old Bailey trial before Sir Alexander Cockburn, and hanged in Newgate by William Marwood
Publication details: 
84 Whitechapel Road, London. 10 December 1860.
£220.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The word 'Declined' has been written at the head of the letter by the recipient. The first paragraph reads: 'A number of influential gentlemen in the neighbourhood of Mile End and Bow, in recognition of the services of Mr Talbot, have resolved to give him a testimonial Entertainment on the 27th inst. at the Beaumont Institution.' The 'Committee' have requested Wainwright to ask the recipient to 'kindly preside on that occasion'.

Manuscript 'Appointment of Frank Cockburn Esqr. as Clerk of Assize of the Midland Circuit', signed by Sir Alexander Cockburn ('A. E. Cockburn'), Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench.

Author: 
Sir Alexander James Edmund Cockburn (1802-1880), Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench and Liberal Solicitor-General (1850) and Attorney General (1851-1852) [Frank Cockburn]
Publication details: 
6 June 1862.
£275.00

On one side of a piece of vellum, 34.5 x 42.5 cm. Folded into a docketed 9 x 21 cm packet. In good condition, lightly-aged. Signed by 'A. E. Cockburn', and by two witnesses: 'J H Brewer' of Curzon Street, Mayfair, and 'Henry William Frayling | Clerk to the said Sir A E. Cockburn', with remains of his red wax seal. Also signed at foot by the Queen's Remembrancer 'W H Walton'.

Signed Autograph legal opinion of Sir Alexander Cockburn ('A. E. Cockburn'), regarding an action between H. D. Kingdon and a 'Mr. Newman' in 1841.

Author: 
Sir Alexander James Edmund Cockburn (1802-1880), Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench and Liberal Solicitor-General (1850) and Attorney General (1851-1852) [H. D. Kingdon, author]
Publication details: 
'A. E. Cockburn | Temple | Decr. 16. 1841.'
£250.00

On both sides of a piece of paper 25.5 x 41 cm. 44 lines. Fair, on aged paper. The upper part of the first page laid down on card, resulting in loss of text. Begins 'I am of opinion that no partnership was created between Mr. H. D. Kingdon & Mr. Newman by the Indenture of 1838 sufficient to bar the former on an action upon that deed.' The document dates from the year in which Cockburn took silk. H. D. Kingdon was author of 'The Old English Mastiff' (London, 1873).

Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Cockburn') from the Scottish judge and author Henry Cockburn, Lord Cockburn, to Benjamin Bell, Advocate, 20 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

Author: 
Henry Thomas Cockburn (1779-1854), Lord Cockburn, Scottish lawyer, judge and author, Solicitor General for Scotland, 1830-1834 [Edinburgh Review]
Scottish judge and author Henry Cockburn
Publication details: 
14 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh; 8 November 1833.
£56.00
Scottish judge and author Henry Cockburn

12mo, 1 p. On recto of first leaf of bifolium. Addressed, with broken red wax seal, on verso of second leaf. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Knowing of Bell's 'attachment to the Civil Law', he invites him to a breakfast, where he will 'meet with Justinian, & a few select jurists'.

Manuscript copy of Admiralty order 'To the Commanders of all Ships or Vessels of His Majesty's, that may put into the Port of Lisbon.'

Author: 
John Cockburn; George Lee; Sir Charles Hardy; John Phillipson; Thomas Corbett [Portugal; Portuguese; Belem Castle, Lisbon; Royal Navy; Admiralty; eighteenth-century naval; maritime]
Publication details: 
Copy, in an eighteenth-century hand, of an original dated '4th: July 1744.'
£180.00

One page on the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium of laid watermarked paper. Leaf dimensions 32 x 20 cm. Text clear and entire on aged and lightly-spotted paper.

Autograph Letter Signed ('A. E. Cockburn') to Thomas Cruttwell, solicitor, of Bath; together with Signed photograph of Cockburn, from the studio of Henry Dixon, Regent's Park, London.

Author: 
Sir Alexander James Edmund Cockburn (1802-1880), 12th Baronet, Lord Chief Justice of England.
Publication details: 
Letter dated 5 April 1846; Castle Taunton. Photograph undated.
£180.00

Letter: four pages, folio. Good, with a little aging and staining to verso of second leaf of bifolium. In Cruttwell's absence Cockburn has taken it upon himself 'to settle Richardson & . Taylor has communicated the result of his interview with Hellings the previous evening. 'He informed me that he had seen certain letters written by the D[e]f[endan]ts to Mrs. Richardson, in which he solicited her to leave her husband, and to bring away with her money and goods belonging to the husband'. Taylor recommends that Hellings' offer of £50 be accepted.

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