FANNING, Edmund (1737–1818), colonial official & army officer. ALS to Lt. Mainwaring 1813

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FANNING, Edmund (1737–1818), colonial official and army officer. Autograph letter signed to Lieut. Manwaring, H.M.S. Plantagenet, 4to, 3 sides, Prince Edward Island, 15 June 1813, thanking him for his letter in which he had forwarded a letter from his mother, but saying that his parents are unable to answer the enquiries about his mother’s property on the island, “I understand that Peter Rose in whose care he left it [the land], died about six months ago, and that the Land and Property is left in the Possession of his widow Mrs Rose & her deceased Husband’s Brother …….. I do not apprehend that there can be any difficulty in finding many persons here who may have some knowledge of the Transaction between your Father and Mr Rose …… I intend soon returning to England having lately lost my only son a Captain in HMs 22d Regt of Foot ……. I recalled your Father Captain Manwaring very well. He served sometime under my Command & was a very deserving Officer”. Small holes and edge nicks along creases.

Edmund Fanning was born in 1737 on Long Island, New York. After graduating from Yale in 1757 he settled in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where he held several political posts, becoming a protégé of colonial governor William Tryon. After serious conflict with the leaders of the Regulator movement, Fanning followed Tryon to New York in 1771 as his personal secretary. At the start of the American Revolution he was driven from his home, following which he was commissioned a colonel by General William Howe, and went on to raise a regiment of Loyalists named the King's American Regiment. He was wounded twice during the war and was credited with saving Yale College from destruction by British forces. At the end of the war he became a colonel in the British army; was appointed lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia; and in 1786 was appointed lieutenant-governor of Prince Edward Island, from which position he resigned in 1805. He moved permanently to London in 1813 and died there in 1818. He was survived by his wife and their three daughters. As recorded in the letter, he had lost his only son Frederick Augustus (1789–1812).

See also the related ALS by Captain Edward R.P. Mainwaring in this section. 

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