Lot 187: ALS signed "Lewis Morris," one page, 7.25 x 12.25, September 19, 1791. Letter to his son. In part: "What think you of our friend Paine he seems to have set all Europe by the Ears in my opinion it will turn out in favor of this Country as we are at present the only part of the world where peace good order and liberty is to be found. God grant it may continue, a day or two ago a Vessel came from the French West Indies in order to apply to Congress for arms and ammunition I think it will be wise in us not to interfere in any of their quarrels." Some small edge separations to folds and chipping to edges slightly affecting a few words, otherwise fine condition. Earlier that year Thomas Paine had published Rights of Man, defending the French Revolution while encouraging the people of England to overthrow the monarchy. As a result of the uproar in England, Paine was tried in absentia and convicted for seditious libel against the Crown; he evaded punishment by never returning to the country. Extraordinary content in this rare autograph letter.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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