Howe, Richard (1726-1799). 1st Earl Howe and British admiral who commanded the Royal Navy's North American Station during the American Revolutionary War. DS as admiral, "Howe," 1p, 9.5 x 14.5 in., "onboard His Majesty's Ship the Queen Charlotte a Spithead." October 30, 1790. Shared with "His Royal Highness / the Duke of Clarence, / Captain of His Majesty's Ship / the Valiant." Outlines signalling protocol when officers of various ranks are required on board to receive orders. Includes a table listing the colors and display locations of the signal pendants particular to each ship in the fleet.
Overall soiling and numerous small tears to edges, most of which have been repaired with tape. Losses to both top and bottom right corners.
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