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A Young Man In England During The Napoleonic Wars Offers His Father News Of The French Fleet Andengland’s Struggle “For Existence As A Nation”

Autograph Letter Signed, “Thomas Massie.” Two pages, 7 ¼” x 9 ¼. No place. No date. The document reads: “My Dear Father: I now take up my pen to enclose you another sheet in the letter Mr. (?) is so kind as to take charge of for me. It is reported here that Jamaica is taken by the French Toulon and Spanish Fleet which if true will give a dreadful blow to the English commerce, Intelligence which is published as authentic has also been received from the isle of France stating the capture of 30 British Indiamen by Admiral Linois. The French have now twenty ships of the Line at Brest beside a great many frigates independent of the Rochefort and Toulon fleets, and there are even more first rates at Antwerp that will be soon ready for sea. England cannot send to sea more than fifty ships of the Line because she actually wants men and money to equip the rest she is fighting now not for glory but actually for existence as a Nation. It is the opinion of most intelligent men whom I have conversed with that the Government will declare itself Bankrupt. The National debt is so enormous that to pay the interest of it requires so large a proposition of the money they are capable of raising, that enough is not left for the means of a sufficient defense. Mr. (?Gist) I suspect feared (?) went of this kind from his great anxiety to sell his stock and purchase Land.” With our correspondent’s reference to Admiral Linois’ capture of ‘British Indianmen’ we can date this fascinating letter to between 1803 and 1806, near the outset of the extended Napoleonic Wars. While our correspondent expresses fear of the collapse of Britain, England would continue to stand against the expanding French Empire with a revolving set of European allies until the Sixth coalition restored the French monarchy and exiled Napoleon to Elbe in 1814. A fascinating firsthand account of this turbulent period at a very dangerous point in England’s history.
Catalog: # AM-1729
Country: England
Topic: Content Letters
Price: $450.00

Abbott Laurence

Abbott Laurence (1792 – 1855). American businessman, politician and philanthropist. Founder of Lawrence, Massachusetts. ALS. 1 page. Boston, July 3, 1841. To John T. Adams, Washington, D.C. “I enclose a lwtter to Mr. Webster which please read and seal and send it to him or present it in person if you prefer it. We have nothing new here, Yours Truly, Abbott Lawrence” Folds. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0073
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Business
Price: $125.00

Abbott Laurence ALS

Abbott Laurence (1792 – 1855). American businessman, politician and philanthropist. Founder of Lawrence, Massachusetts. ALS. 1 page. Boston Dec. 14th, 1849. To Henry C. Wiley, Esq., Saxton’s River, Vermont.; “I received your note in due course of mail and beg to state in reply that I believe General Taylor will redeem all the pledges we have made for him in the late political canvas. Please accept the assurances with which I remain dear sir, Your faithful obt. Servt. Abbott Lawrence” Folds. Fine
Catalog: # AM-0074
Topic: Business
Price: $125.00

Abolitionists, Whigs and The Mexican War

Autograph Letter Signed, “Geo. Haven.” Three pages, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”. Meriden, MA. October 4, 1849. Addressed on integral leaf to “Liberty F. Thurber, Washington Vt.” Haven comments upon a suicide and later writes, in part: “ … Politics is what I don’t have much to do with now for I am drove very hard with study and finally I never had much to do with them. You seem to laugh because the Whigs & Abolitionists got beat last Spring. If you had minded the State vote last spring you should have found that Colby the Whig candidate gained about three thousand while Berry the abolition candidate lost to a great rate … the Mexican War raised considerable excitement this way. How it will terminate I cannot tell. I am for the Wilmot Proviso. No more slave territory. The Democrats in this State are against eh Wilmot Proviso. You are aware that the 1st & 3rd District sent a Whig & Abolitionist Representative last June. N.H. has now one Abolition Senator, one Democrat, two Democrat Representatives, one Abolitionist & one Whig. So they are even in the House & Senate …”
Catalog: # AM-0117
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Political Americana
Price: $275.00

NewAccount of the Rum Used at the Final Encampment of the Continental Army

An Account of the Rum Used by Officers at the Final Encampment of the Continental Army at the New Windsor, New York Post Interesting Account of the Rum Used by Officers at the Final Encampment of the Continental Army at the New Windsor, NY Post and is dated 1782. 8 1/2" x 6 1/2". "Acct. of Rum Issued agreeable to Gen'l Order of the 27th Nov., 1782. Detailed listing of the amounts and to whom the rum was issued follows. New Windsor, NY acted as a major depot for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. In addition to those individuals that were there by assignment, a significant amount of the town’s residents were in full support of the Revolution. Due to this, the town made a perfect site for the encampment. The camp held in the range of 6,000-8,000 men, women, and children from the American Northeast.

Catalog: # AM-3253
State: New York
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $245.00

Actor Arthur Kennedy ALS

ARTHUR KENNEDY. (1914 –1990) was an American stage and film actor best known for his performances in Westerns. ALS. 1pp. 6" x 9 1/2". Hotel Algonquin. April 11, 1947. An autograph letter signed by Arthur Kennedy to PIC magazine editor Victor Wagner: "May I express my appreciation for being included in the PIC honor roll. I shall be delighted to accept your luncheon invitation on May 16th." The piece is in extremely fine condition overall with dark ink.
Catalog: # AM-0347
Topic: Actors/Actresses
Price: $90.00

Address panel entirely in Washington’s hand

GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799). First President of the United States; Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army; President of the Constitutional Convention and signer of the U.S. Constitution. 6 ¼” x 3”. Address panel entirely in Washington’s hand. “To the Hon. Abr. Yates Esqr. Presid’t of the Congress of the State of New York.” Mounted to a slightly larger paper.
Catalog: # RN-243
Topic: Presidents and First Ladies
Price: $3500.00

Adjutant General Lutz Wahl On War Department Letterhead

Lutz Wahl (1869 – 1928). Adjutant General of the U.S. Army. ALS. 1 page. 7 ¼” x 10 ½”. On imprinted letterhead of The Adjutant Generals’s Office. “My dear Hamilton; Let me congratulate you upon your deserved promotion. With kindest regards, I am, Very sincerely, Wahl” Some light ghosting at lower right quarter. Light mounting traces on verso. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1580
State: District Of Columbia
Topic: Military History
Price: $90.00

Admiral N.R.Usher Handwritten and Signed Letter

An autograph from Admiral N.R. Usher, this piece is dated September 13, 1918. The piece was written to Howes Norris Jr. per his request for a signature from Usher. The piece is signed by Usher as Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy. Usher was in charge of the Brooklyn Naval Yard during World War I.
Catalog: # AM-3065
Price: $75.00

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