Collections of the New York Historical Society; The John Watts de Peyster Publication Fund Series Volume 19

Collections of the New York Historical Society; The John Watts de Peyster Publication Fund Series Volume 19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...unprecedented as such Grants are, he has the audacity openly to declare himself a friend of the Colonies, though he is also a Spy in the service of Government. He, too, is sent to Paris to make discoveries respecting you; he was strongly recommended to the assistance of Lord Stormont, and though he arrived in Paris but last Saturday, he was three times with his Lordship between that day & Monday Evening, when Lord Stormont's Messenger (by whom my intelligence was brought) came away. Col. Mercer has been formerly connected with Ponchaud, the Banker, in Paris; with Count Taase, & another Irish Count, and with a person who lately delivered to the French Court a Proposal for raising Tobacco in the Bourbonnais, but whose name I forget; & through these or some other Engines he will endeavour to penetrate into your Business, by. endeavouring to engage you in some communicative project, perhaps that of speculating in the funds may be thought of by them. These instances will shew you the necessity of your utmost circumspection; you will doubtless be assailed in all manner of Shapes & Forms & with every kind of Artifice, and I can not but own that I think your situation is not altogether to be envied. I shall however spare no pains to discover & apprise you of the Danger which you may be exposed to fromtime to time. All that can be done without money, I am constantly doing, and indeed from my connections I am able to do much more without it, than most persons could even with an allowance for Secret Services, as liberal as the Powers of Europe generally make to their Ministers. I have meditated a good deal on the business recommended in the Postscript of your last Letter, but foresee some difficulty & much danger in...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236784588
  • 9781236784582