Item #27944 John Franklin autograph, signed in Tasmania while Lieutenant Governor. John Franklin, Tasmania, Arctic explorer.

John Franklin autograph, signed in Tasmania while Lieutenant Governor.

London: 1839. Franklin was Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania from 1837 to 1843. He was a midshipman with Flinders on the Investigator in 1802; conducted several explorations of the Arctic on either side of his governorship, including one in 1846 on which he perished, sparking a series of expeditions to find the final resting place of his ship.

The header top right states "By His Excellency Colonel George Arthur, Lieutenant Governor of the Island of Van Diemen's Land, and its Dependencies" with the name of Arthur struck through and manuscript "Sir J. Franklin" above it.

"No. 124" in manuscript top left. Addressed to P. Roberts, Esq/ Depy. Assistant Commissary General authorizing payment to the Launceston Marine Department for just over 185 pounds sterling for salaries for the first quarter of 1839, dated the 1st April 1839. The manuscript references the names of parties in an "annexed abstract" which is no longer present. Other initials and dates of approval along the bottom edge of the document.

Foolscap folio, 13 x 8 1/4". Period folds flattened, On a preprinted form with the notation "By Authority J. Hartnell, Fleet-street, London. 2000. January, 1832." Item #27944


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