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COCKBURN, Sir George (1722-1853). Admiral. Conveyed Napoleon to St Helena in 1815.
Autograph Letter Signed to George Vance, 2½ pages 8vo, Admiralty, 21 July 1825, with a note forwarding the letter to Mr Thackaray, with address-leaf for the latter. Explaining that the Board of Admiralty regulations require that a lieutenant must have seniority prior to 1818 in order to receive an appointment as senior lieutenant of a large sloop of war, and that Thackaray fails to qualify.

The note at the foot is from Vance, asking that Thackaray's brother be made aware of the information contained in Cockburn's letter.

Thackaray, or 'Thackeray' as spelled in the letter, does not appear to have been a close relative of the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, who was himself at this time a schoolboy at Charterhouse and did not go to Eton.
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