Item #5000936 Manuscript financial agreement signed by Ann Christian, the mother of Fletcher Christian, and her cousin John Christian (later Christian-Curwen), being an obligation bond in the sum of £800. Fletcher CHRISTIAN, Ann CHRISTIAN, John CHRISTIA, -CURWEN.
Manuscript financial agreement signed by Ann Christian, the mother of Fletcher Christian, and her cousin John Christian (later Christian-Curwen), being an obligation bond in the sum of £800.

Manuscript financial agreement signed by Fletcher Christian's mother, and her cousin…
Manuscript financial agreement signed by Ann Christian, the mother of Fletcher Christian, and her cousin John Christian (later Christian-Curwen), being an obligation bond in the sum of £800.

London: Rolls Building, 12 January 1776.

Manuscript in ink, folio, written on one side of a leaf, verso blank, conjugate leaf with docket-title on verso; originally folded; blind and wax seals; signed and dated by two witnesses,

Important document for the early history of Fletcher Christian

An important and rare original document offering a significant insight into the early life of Fletcher Christian, who would lead the famous mutiny on the Bounty and with his fellow mutineers would settle on remote Pitcairn Island, where some of their descendants still live today.

An important and rare original document offering a significant insight into the early life of Fletcher Christian, who would lead the famous mutiny on the Bounty and with his fellow mutineers would settle on remote Pitcairn Island, where some of their descendants still live today.

Fletcher's father, a barrister, had died in 1768 when Fletcher was four years old. His mother, Ann, was profligate with money, and this document bears testimony to the huge loans she took on, leading to debts in excess of £6500 -- at least a hundred times that today -- by 1779, just three years after this document was drawn up. The family home listed on this document, at Moorland Close, Eaglesfield, near Cockermouth in Cumbria, was lost and Ann, together with her three children, fled to the Isle of Man where English creditors had no standing. From the evidence of this document, Ann's creditors included members of her own family. Her cousin John Christian, the lender on this document, later changed his name to John Christian-Curwen by adding his mother's maiden name, perhaps to avoid the ignominy associated with the surname of Christian following news of the Bounty mutiny.

At the time of this document, Fletcher Christian was twelve years old, and was attending Cockermouth Free School, where one of his school mates was William Wordsworth. The family debts and consequent impoverished lifestyle doubtless played a crucial part in Fletcher's decision to go to sea, and to his ultimate encounter with the fate which has made his name famous throughout history.

Provenance: From the library of the late Dr. Robert Edwards AO.

Condition Report: Clean tears to all folds but otherwise in good condition.

Price (AUD): $12,500.00

US$8,311.33   Other currencies

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