Place Published: Cadiz
Publisher: Henry Wellesley
Date Published: 1813
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
A fine historic hand written American ship pass dated at Cadiz, Spain, written and signed by Henry Wellesley, dated Feb. 1813. The document once had a seal attached, but was cut from the document, and this affects a few words.
This scarce 1813 document is also odd in that the British allowed an American ship to pass without violence during the War of 1812.
The letter/authorization/pass/license allows an American ship with a cargo of cloth, tin, salt, fruit, and calico to proceed to any port of the United States of America without molestation on account of the present hostilities. At the bottom of the 2nd page in another hand, says THIS LICENCE was produced to the British Brig Sir John Sherbrook on the 12th April 1813 and the ship let pass.
In 1809, Henry Wellesley became the British envoy to Spain - his eldest brother, by now Marquess Wellesley, was now Foreign Secretary, while his brother Arthur (now Viscount Wellington) was British commander-in-chief in Spain. Together, the three brothers helped to make the Peninsular campaign a success, and in 1812 Henry 1st Baron Cowley Wellesley was knighted. He also was noted for recruiting Spanish soldiers for the War of 1812, a little known fact.
Very Good. Item #3323