Lot 212: American statesman and diplomat (1739–1795) who served as the US ambassador to Spain from 1783 to 1794. Revolutionary War–dated ALS signed "W. C.," twelve pages on three sets of adjoining sheets, 7.5 x 9, March 1, 1781. Letter to Elbridge Gerry sent from Madrid, offering extensive observations of European disposition toward America. In part: "The situation of Europe is critical at present and puzzles much better politicians than myself to divine what it will be some months hence. Prussia who had the armed Neutrality hath not yet taken a decided part & to retard this, the Emperor hath prepared his mediation Jointly with the Empress to terminate the present disputes. This offer I believe is not well timed nor at Bottom is it well received. I have been assured that our friends will make our Independence the basis of their acceptation of it. The Dutch war is not so impolitic as we may imagine. The ruin of their Commerce will enrich individuals most attached to government & the restoration of their Possessions will be good compensation for the sacrifices G. B. [Great Britain] may be constrained to make. The Dutch seem in good spirits, but I am afraid they are too much disposed to think that G. B. wishes to finish their disputes with them. This conduct of G. B. is meant to relax their preparations & those of the Armed Neutrality who may be disposed to support them. However you will receive much more accurate information from Mr. Adams who is on the spot. I am informed that he is on the point of opening a loan for the States." Gerry pens a twelve-line endorsement at the conclusion acknowledging his receipt of the letter and recording the date of his response. In fine condition, with intersecting folds.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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