Order for William Griffiths, Acting Agent for Transports
signedManuscript in ink in a secretarial hand, signed by Coote. 2 pp on a single sheet. Small folio
by Coote, Eyre
Jamaica, 1806. Manuscript in ink in a secretarial hand, signed by Coote. 2 pp on a single sheet. Small folio. Very good, old folds, with one edge reinforced and a small stain to bottom edge not affecting text. Manuscript in ink in a secretarial hand, signed by Coote. 2 pp on a single sheet. Small folio. "Coote's advance through the army was helped by his family's wealth, including the fortune amassed by his uncle Sir Eyre Coote, of whom he was the eventual heir, but it was his natural leadership ability, professional military skill, and tactical acumen that resulted in commands of increasing responsibility and complexity" (ODNB). He served with distinction in the Netherlands campaign, was aide-de-camp to King George III, served on the 1799 Helder expedition, and Ralph Abercromby's Egyptian Expedition in 1801.This document serves as both instruction and authorization for "50 Beds and Hammocks to be made for the use of the aftoresaid Invalids at the cheapest rate possible." It was written during his comparatively short stint as Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of Jamaica. appointed to the position in 1806 he resigned two years later due to ill health. (Inventory #: 304969)
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