This British naval officer commanded the fireship HMS Blaze in 1856 when he captured Calcutta and in 1857 at capture of Hoogly in West Bengal; he was knighted in 1782 for his service in India, became rear admiral in 1787 and named commander-in-chief of The Downs in 1790, became a baronet and was named governor of Newfoundland in 1792, became vice-admiral in 1793 and became a member of Parliament -- among numerus other accomplishments. Item #40511
ALS, 2pp (recto and verso), 7½" X 9¼", Albemarle, England, 1796 June 22. Addressed to "My Lord Duke." Very good. Minor mounting traces on verso of blank integral address leaf. Presumably on behalf of a constituent from his district, King "beg[s] leave to become a Solicitor to your Grace, in behalf of a Person who was formerly clerk in the ordnance at upnor Castle, which situation he left on account of ill Health, and being now in indigent Circumstances, humble implores the benefit of the Charter-House. He has many Years been a regular Voter in favour of Government at Rochester. Previous to my giving your Grace this trouble, I applied to other Governours, but finding their turn or nomination Engaged, and being informed the King has two turns to one of the Governours, and that His Majesty is not usually engaged before hand, I am advised to humbly solicit His Majesty gracious favour through your Grace, to Mr. James Burgis the Person above attended to...." Upnor Castle, on the coast of Kent in southeast England, was an ancient fortress converted into the largest maritime magazine in the country at that time. Boldly, handsomely penned in brown ink. Below his signature, King adds the rank to which he was promoted the previous year -- "Admiral." A superb example.