London: 1852. The emigrant ship 'Roman Emperor', brought migrants to Sydney Australia and Lyttleton New Zealand, and sailed a number of times in the 1850s and 1860s under Captain Champion, who signed this document. The ship is recorded as sailing to the Australian Colonies in 1850, dispatched by ship brokers Marshall and Edridge, and weighing 793 tons.
This is a single half sheet letter of recommendation for a William Struthers, who sailed as second officer on one of these voyages, from London to Sydney via India and back. The National Library of Australia holds the diary of a Mr. Harry Woolley who was a passenger on that voyage. 7 5/8 x 6 1/4". Blue laid paper, contemporary folds. Very good condition. Item #23519