GB 1807 Pre-Stamp eyewitness account to the capture of Madeira
Stock Code: P189002410
1807 Naval Mail. Very fine entire from Captain Frederick Liardet RM, who commanded the assaulting force during the recapture of Madeira on 24th December 1807. Addressed to London, rated in manuscript "1/6" with a fine Plymouth Dock/220 mileage mark and a London receiving cds for JA.23.1808.
Written from Funchal bay on Christmas day, Capt. Liardet describes the assault "The troops were to land under cover of the ships' fire. Each corps was provided with scaling ladders, crows etc..."
He also refers to their proposed onward moments to the West Indies "It is reported that the Danish Islands are the object of the attack...I do not like the idea of going to the West Indies, as I am subject to an attack of the fever." The island of St. Thomas to which he refers had in fact already capitulated three days earlier to the British without a shot being fired!
A superb and very rare eyewitness account, offered with a typed transcript and an 1808 George III printed single page Act outlining the postage rates for Madeira and the Portuguese colonies in South America.
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