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Letter to Navy Agent, 1789

In this letter, written to Navy agent, John Sykes, Commander George Blagdon Westcott encloses an unspecified document, which the Navy must have asked him to complete. At the date of writing, he does not have a position. He muses about his chances of finding further work, and resolves to do something about showing his interest. Apparently he was successful, because he was promoted to Captain the following year.

Honiton, 15th March '89

Dear Sir

Not having a Justice of the Peace within four Miles of this place, I have executed the enclosed before an Extra Master in Chancery, which I hope will answer the same purpose, if not be so good as to give me a line & I will immediately send you another __

Any News particularly naval, that you can at any time give me will be a great treat to me here, as I hear little but by accident __ and it will come to me free of Postage if you will inclose it to Saml Lott Esqr Surveyor G.P.O. at this Place __

I very much fear (as my Friend Adml Levison has quitted the Admiralty) that I have but little chance of the other step, as I do not know any of my friends that are likely to accept of the two Vacant Commands __ Should I be appointed to the Salisbury I am determined to Sweat the Purser for never paying any attention to a Letter I wrote him about two Months ago  __



I have enjoyed my health most perfectly, I thank you, which I hope has been the case with you, Mrs Sykes, and the Family & to whom I beg my best Compliments __ I hope John arrived in good time for his India Voyage __ How does Cockburn? has he got into his new House yet? __

As I have never made any publick application for Employment, from having a friend at the Admiralty that knew my wishes, had I not better do it? if it's only for form sake not that I suppose any thing will come of it.

I am Dear Sir
    Very Sincerely


Source:  National Maritime Museum, Greenwich