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HOOD, Samuel, first Viscount (1724-1816). Admiral.
Autograph Letter Signed ('Hood') to an unnamed correspondent ('Dear Madam'), 1 page 4to, Bath, 27 October 1815. Commiserating with her on the difficulty of receiving letters from officers or men serving at sea, and explaining the problems of getting news from the East Indies.

'Letters from the East Indies are very uncertain particularly from the Kings ships as they are kept constantly at sea. I have had but one short letter since The Revolutionaire sailed from England, and that has date many months ago from Madras in which your son was mentioned to be well. Captain Woollcombe's mother is too thankfull as anxious for letters from him, as you are respecting your son & I have no doubt of both being satisfied on the return of the ship that bore the late Sir Samuel Hood's flag on the course of the next month when I hear again from Captain Woollcombe you shall know it.

I have been a very sad Invalid ... no prospect of being better at ninety two years of age.'

HMS Revolutionaire was a 40-gun frigate captured from the French in October 1794 and serving with the Royal Navy until 1822. John Woollcombe was her captain at this time.

£325 [No: 26692]
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