Autograph Letter Signed ‘Cochrane’, to Messrs. Brown Reed & Co., Lisbon, about the arrival of the ship Wellington at Lisbon, wine freight, the state of affairs in Portugal. 2 pp. 10 x 8 inches, in good condition, with the address leaf (postal marks, some tears). London, 27 October 1811. Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860), 10th Earl of Dundonald, English seaman who assisted Chile and Peru in their war of freedom. He was a daring and successful captain of the Napoleonic Wars, leading the French to nickname him Le Loup des Mers (‘The Sea Wolf’). His life and exploits served as one source of inspiration for the naval fiction of nineteenth and twentieth-century novelists, particularly C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Jack Aubrey.