Lot 17
  • 17

Back, George

Estimate
300 - 500 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • 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

Condition

Condition is described in the main body of the catalogue, where appropriate.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

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.