Lot #200
James Madison

"There is much confusion, and some contradiction in the acct's relating to our affairs as republished from British papers"

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Estimate: $1500+

Description

"There is much confusion, and some contradiction in the acct's relating to our affairs as republished from British papers"

ALS as secretary of state, one page, 7.5 x 8.75, August 27, 1807. Letter written from "Orange Court House" in Virginia, in part: "Your favor…has been forwarded to me from the office of State, whence an imperfect answer was given. The ann'd intercourse act was never rec'd from London; nor did I ever get a sight of it. There is much confusion, and some contradiction in the acct's relating to our affairs as republished from British papers. Having for a long time been without official information, I am unable to throw any light on the subject. I need not say that your request would readily have been complied with, if the means had been in my possession." In fine condition, with a smudge to the first letter of text. Trade and commercial policies played a major role in America's early interactions with foreign powers; embargoes and intercourse acts, primarily aimed at regulating trade with Britain and France, were utilized with varying success. Tensions with Great Britain heightened throughout Madison's term as secretary of state, and then during his presidency, culminating in the War of 1812.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #531 - Ended July 11, 2018





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