Lot 17
  • 17

Back, George

300 - 500 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Autograph letter signed, to J. Coppock
  • paper
“My dear Coppock, If you should not have seen Mr Stanley, I may mention that honours are conferred at private courts, as in the case of Colonel Arthur - for if we wait for the next Levee - it will look as if special interest had been used, whereas [the?] Government should have the credit of having bestowed it opportunely…”, 3 pages, 8vo, 25 July, 1838, 45 Great Marlborough St., minor creasing

Catalogue Note

Back, a British naval officer first served in the polar regions under John Franklin during the unsuccessful expedition of Captain David Buchanan in 1818. He served again under Franklin on further Arctic explorations in 1819-1822 and 1825-1827 (returning in October of that year). Back lobbied with James Coppock (1798–1857), a solicitor and politician. 'Mr Stanley' is Edward George Geoffrey Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799-1869), British statesman, leader of the Conservative Party and three-times Prime Minister. See following lot.