Autograph letter signed, from the Earl of Sandwich to "Dr Hawkesworth at Mrs Banwells Great Ormond Street" COOK: FIRST VOYAGE, John Montagu SANDWICH, fourth Earl.
Autograph letter signed, from the Earl of Sandwich to "Dr Hawkesworth at Mrs Banwells Great Ormond Street"

Autograph letter signed to John Hawkesworth…
Autograph letter signed, from the Earl of Sandwich to "Dr Hawkesworth at Mrs Banwells Great Ormond Street"

London: c. 1771.

Quarto, autograph manuscript in ink; single page on a bifolium with address panel; on paper watermarked "LVG"

First Lord of the Admiralty to Cook's first editor

Amusing original letter from Sandwich to John Hawkesworth, ghostwriter of the official account of Cook's first voyage (following item). Sandwich writes: "That I may be certain whether you are alive or dead, I shall be obliged to you if you will either come yourself or send your ghost to dine with me tomorrow. I am most sincerely yours Sandwich." This witty communication dates from the period when Hawkesworth was preparing the Cook account, during Sandwich's third term as First Lord of Admiralty (1771-82; of course, it was during this appointment that James Cook discovered Hawaii on his third voyage and named them the Sandwich Islands in his honour). The letter probably dates from late 1771, while Hawkesworth was at work on the journal. He died in November 1773, not long after the book's publication.

Amusing original letter from Sandwich to John Hawkesworth, ghostwriter of the official account of Cook's first voyage (following item). Sandwich writes: "That I may be certain whether you are alive or dead, I shall be obliged to you if you will either come yourself or send your ghost to dine with me tomorrow. I am most sincerely yours Sandwich." This witty communication dates from the period when Hawkesworth was preparing the Cook account, during Sandwich's third term as First Lord of Admiralty (1771-82; of course, it was during this appointment that James Cook discovered Hawaii on his third voyage and named them the Sandwich Islands in his honour). The letter probably dates from late 1771, while Hawkesworth was at work on the journal. He died in November 1773, not long after the book's publication.

Beaglehole, Life, p.289.

Price (AUD): $5,850.00  other currencies Ref: #4504815

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