John Bensley Thornhill (1773-1841), East India Company director and subject of a painting by George Romney
Fort St George [ Madras (now Chennai), India ]. 18 August 1830.
1p., 4to. Printed form, reading (with manuscript text in square brackets): '[Duplicate] | No. 2. | Receipt for Paper deposited. | Received of [J. MacGregor Mallock Esqre] | the undermentioned Public Securit[y] to be kept under our charge, upon the terms of the Advertisement published in the Calcutta Gazette, of the 31st December 1810.' The details of the security ('Sicca Rupees Six thousand') are then given, and beneath these the dating and signatures of Thornhill and another party. In manuscript on reverse: 'Pay over to Mr Wm.
John Williamson (b.1750) of Tynron Cottage, Thornhill, Scotland [David Williamson (d.1837), Lord Balgray, of Lawers, Perthshire, Lord of Session; Scotch whisky; St Kitts and Nevis, West Indies]
Tynron Cottage [Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland]. 4 January 1801.
1p., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with red ink postmark and broken black wax seal, to 'David Williamson Esqr | Advocate | George's Square | Edinh'. There is no indication in the letter that the two men are kinsmen. 'My Dear Sir, | I am happy to inform you that the ship called the Nevis Planter sails from Liverpool for St. Kitts on the 12th. Inst - with your approbation, I propose sailing with her - | Mr.
Sir Francis Baring [Francis Thornhill Baring, 1st Baron Northbrook] (1796-1866), Whig politician; Henry Lewis Wickham, Chairman of the Board of Stamps & Taxes; The Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh
Baring's Letter: Stratton, 28 December 1847. Wickham's Letter: Stamps & Taxes, London, 3 January 1848.
Both items are uniform in appearance, each 3pp., foolscap 8vo, with the texts printed in copperplate from engraved plates. Both in fair condition, on aged paper, and with loss along the spine where the two have been disbound. The reason for the printing of the two documents, as is clear from the text, is for their circulation to various banks. Baring's Letter: Facsimile signature reads '(signed) F. T. Baring', and is uniform with the copperplate text. The reason for the printing of the letter is for copies to be enclosed with Wickham's.