Manuscript Receipt for Muster Books in a number of Boxes bound for England, received from Robert Mitford, Commander of HM Sloop Espoir, signed by Oakes, then Master Commander of HM S.S. Cormorant. 1 page 12 x 8 inches, in good condition. HM Store Ship Cormorant [Mediterranean], September 1812. Captain Josiah Oake entered the Navy in 1806, witnessed the capture of Monte Video, and served in a number of ships on the Baltic, Lisbon, Mediterranean, and West India stations during the Napoleonic Wars. Later in his career he commanded the Ferret (6 guns) on the coast of Africa (1841-45), with the task of capturing slaver vessels.