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Royal Naval Biography/Matson, George William


Is the son of a London wine-merchant. He obtained the rank of lieutenant on the 1st Feb. 1815 ; and subsequently served under Captains Sir Charles T. Jones, George French, and William J. Purchas, in the Harrier, Sophie, and Esk, sloops, on the Halifax, East India, and African stations, from which latter he returned home in command of the Swinger gun-brig. On paying off that vessel, at Portsmouth, July 26th, 1826, her crew presented him with an elegant dress sword, belt, and epaulette, in token of their very great esteem. He was advanced to his present rank on the 22d Nov. 1830.