- Librería: Inlibris (Austria)
- ILAB-LILA Member
- Sugetos: History, Law, Politics
- Peso del envío: 750 g
4to (243 x 185 mm). 1 p. on bifolium with autograph address on verso of second leaf. Red wax seal broken but both halves well preserved. In English, to Charles Vaughan (1759-1839), a Boston-area businessman and brother of Dr. Benjamin Vaughan, with a financial request and inquiring after the fate of two British ships: "Dear Sir, We apply to your kindness to request you to deliver the enclosed letter to Mr. LaRoche, a French Gentleman who lives at Mr. Leonard Jervis's. The object of the letter is to give to Mr. LaRoche a commission for which a sum, from one hundred to two hundred dollars, will be wanted. We take the liberty to inform Mr. LaRoche that for that sum he may apply to you, and desire you to draw upon us for the same, or to let us know in what other way if any other suits better your arrangements, we may repay it to you. Have you heard lately of the Success or the Vulture? [...]". - Composed during Talleyrand's brief stay in the United States from 1794 to 1796, when he was forced to flee France after a warrant was issued for his arrest. During this period Talleyrand occupied himself with commodities trading and real estate speculation, no doubt the subject of the present letter. Talleyrand had at one point visited Charles Vaughan at his estate in Hallowell, ME, 150 miles northeast of Boston. - The main body of the letter is written by Talleyrand's secretary. Talleyrand letters in English are formidably rare; in fact, we have been unable to trace any other example in auction records.