KING, Phillip P
A very good autograph letter signed, from Phillip Parker King to Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Waller Otway. Written from King's farm `Dunheved', near Sydney, to Otway at the United Service Club, London. Dated 12 November 1832, with the postmarks of Parramatta, GPO Sydney, and other transit posts. Over 4 closely written pages, King agrees to take into service Otway's coachman's brother. Or, rather, into King's mother's service in Sydney, as he says `the behaviour of the convict servants I have is such that it is needing to be very strict, and as such as the system will allow, to keep them in any subjection.' He goes on to give Otway news of the colony -`our new Governor, Bourke, seems to please the people and has yet not offended the Press - which is as bad and scurrilous as the worst of the London papers'
folio, [370x230cms], folded, written on all four sides. A little soiling to last side (with the address), a 2cm chip at one edge (not affecting text), else a very good, readable letter
King [1791-1845], the son of Australia's third Governor, was the first Australian-born hydrographer, and the first Australian to attain the rank of admiral in the British navy. In 1839, together with Robert Fitzroy and Charles Darwin, he co-authored an account of his South American voyages, Narrative of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle. Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Waller Otway [1770-1846], ended his illustrious career in the navy as Commander-in-Chief of the South American Station. In 1829 he retired to Britain, received a baronetcy, and became a courtier in the Royal Household of William IV