[ William Cooke, privateer in American War of Independence, afterwards appointed by Washington to command of the cutter Diligence. ] Autograph Signature ('Wm. Cooke') to Autograph Bill and Receipt ('Francis Peyrimant') for 'Ship Queen of France'.

Captain William Cooke (disappeared 1796), appointed by George Washington to the command of United States Revenue Cutter Diligence
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Note of receipt at foot signed by Cooke and dated from Wilmington on 12 April 1789.

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Docketed on reverse: 'Acct. | Capt W. Cooke | £51.2.9.' A bill for wages, in Cooke's autograph, headed 'Ship Queen of France | To William Cooke . . . Dr.' Listing monies due with dates and details. For example: '7 Jan [1789] wages . . .@ 18 dollars p. mo[nth]  30.9.7' (Other sums also on 7 Jan. and 12 April.) At the foot Cooke has written "Rec[eive]d Wilmington 12th April 1789 from Francis Peyrimant the above bal[anc]e. in full. | Wm Cooke.' The year of this transaction was also the year of the French Revolution.

Manuscript letter book containing transcriptions of thirty-three orders, many of them from the Admiralty, received by Paterson relating to his command of HMS Gorgon between 1792 and 1793.

Admiral Charles William Paterson (1756-1841) [Royal Navy]
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First letter dated 'Admiralty Office 22 Decembr 92 [22 December 1792]'; last letter dated 'Sandwich at the Nore 2nd Augt 93 [2 August 1793]'.

Stitched notebook, in original marbled wraps, containing 19 manuscript pages on ten leaves. Leaf dimensions 32.5 x 20.5 cm. On laid paper with Britannia watermark. Good, on aged paper, in worn and creased wraps. Text closely and neatly written, clear and complete. From the Tonyn and Paterson family papers, but not in Paterson's hand. Contains transcriptions, in Paterson's hand, of thirty-three orders, twenty-four of which are addressed to him personally, the other nine being general orders 'To the respective Captains Commanders & Commanding Officers of H.M. Ships & Vessels'.

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