Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) served in the British Royal Navy and received many commendations including the CB for conduct
in Burma, the gold medal of the Royal Humane Society for his gallantry in saving life at sea and the decoration of the French
Legion of Honour. After serving in the Navy, he began writing novels, some of which first appeared in
Metropolitan magazine. He later wrote children's books and published some drawings and caricatures. The collection consists of 9 etchings
by Marryatt and one print of an etching.
Frederick Marryat was born on July 10, 1792 in London, England; ran away several times from school, seeking to escape to sea;
in 1806 his father entered him on board the Impérieuse; served in the Centaur in the Mediterranean in 1810, and later in the
West Indies and on the coast of North America; took an active part in the first Burmese War, serving as senior naval officer
in Rangoon; appointed captain of the Tees; resigned in 1830; awarded CB for conduct in Burma, and the gold medal of the Royal
Humane Society for his gallantry in saving life at sea; elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1819 mainly for his adaptation
of signalling to a code for the mercantile marine, for which he later received the decoration of the French Legion of Honour;
began writing novels, some of which first appeared in the Metropolitan magazine which he edited from 1832-35; they include Newton Forster (1832), Peter Simple (1834), and Jacob Faithful (1834); later wrote children's books, including Masterman Ready or the Wreck of the Pacific (1841) and The Children of the New Forest (1847); also published some drawings and caricatures; he died on August 9, 1848 in Langham, Norfolk, England.
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