Frank Carr, Director of the National Maritime Museum, to Admiral Sir Sydney Freemantle, regarding the clipper ship the Cutty Sark
9 July 1957, with letterhead of the National Maritime Museum.
4 pp, 8vo. A long letter discussing the restoration of the ship. "[...] I have always appreciated (and envied) your personal experience of sail in days when seamanship in the old sense really meant something. [...] No one is better qualified to speak with authority on the restoration of a historic sailing vessel than you are". Five points are discussed: "The position of the upper topsail yards. [...] royal yards [...] fitting sails [...] ropes [...] Maintenance."
Commander, US Navy, Mexican War veteran, author (1803-1948). One page, 4to, severe staining (perhaps the glue from its laying down), and some damage causing some obscuring of text (difficult enough without a further problem), which is as follows: I am greatly indebted to you for you[r] obliging poem of the 29 ultimo and for the favourable [se]ntiments towards me which it expresses. Such [s]entiments proceeding from [an ... ...?] are doubly valuable, and I thank you most cordially for the kind feeling which prompted you to express them ........
Irish war correspondent. 2pp., 8vo. He produces some badinage about an invitation card, then comments on the situation in Egypt: "I wish the Powers - which they aren't by the by - had let our fat friend Ismail [Pasha] alone just tightening the bit a little & and then there would be none of this darkness over the land of Egypt . . . ", concluding with jocular mis-spellings of "poetical".
Canadian lawyer and English Master of the Rolls (1752-1832). Part of ALS signed, referring to "Sir Alexr Cochrane's propositions as to prizes that may be taken in conjunct expeditions on the coast of America" on which he does not feel able to give directions.
Edward Levy-Lawson, Newspaper proprietor (1833-1916). He describes a variety of physical ailments to which he is prey but concludes that "My suffering has not diminished my belief in one popularly known as 'Jack Fisher'. . .". Burnham's relationship with Fisher is perhaps explained by his Newspaper, The Daily Telegraph's, support of a "strong navy" policy.