Autograph Letter in the third person, to William Eden (later Lord Auckland): “Lord Howe presents is compts. to Mr. Eden, and will wait at home to receive his commands at 12 o’clock as he has been pleased to appoint.” 1 page 7½ x 4½ inches, in good condition, remains of guard where formerly mounted. Grafton Street, Wednesday Morning, undated. Admiral of the Fleet Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe (1726-1799). Howe joined the navy at the age of thirteen and served throughout the War of the Austrian Succession. During the Seven Years War he gained a reputation for his role in amphibious operations against the French coast as part of Britain’s policy of naval descents. He took part in the decisive British naval victory at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759. He is best known for his service during the American War of Independence, when he acted as a naval commander and a peace commissioner with the American rebels, and for his command of the British fleet during the Glorious First of June in 1794. William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland (1745 –1814), statesman and diplomat. The subantarctic Auckland Islands group to the south of New Zealand, discovered in 1806, were named after him. Eden achieved considerable power in the management of American affairs. He temporarily took charge of the American department in 1775. During the American Revolution Eden was the official in charge of British espionage and was in contact with Loyalist informants.