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Montgomery, John (fl. 1778-1779) to Mr. Newton, Gordon, and Johnston

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.022.04 Author/Creator: Montgomery, John (fl. 1778-1779) Place Written: Lisbon, Portugal Type: Autograph letter Date: 7 March 1779 Pagination: 3 p. + addr. + docket 31 x 21 cm

Summary of Content: Signed as Montgomery, Sealy, and Co. Discusses their business accounts dealing with wine and brandy shipments to and from Portugal in the first part of the letter. States that they will only send letters by packet boat as other ships are not safe. Describes what has occurred in the Revolutionary War recently. Informs that the British under Admiral Samuel Barrington and General James Grant have captured the island of St. Lucia (12-28 December 1778), which French Admiral Valerie d'Estaing failed to counteract. The French troops suffered heavy losses. States that there is great dissention in the Continental Congress and problems are arising between France and the colonies. Reports that the colonies' money is losing value and that they may not be able to hold out too much longer. Mentions that British Admiral Augustus Keppel has been acquitted of charges against him. Details a list of goods and costs at the end of the letter. Newton, Gordon, and Johnston were merchants from Madeira.

Background Information: Seller's notes: These are letters relative to the wine trade that was in progress and it will be noted that some of the famous officers of the day were ordering ...sizeable quantities of spirits at this time. Water in the colonies was very poor, so that these products were important to the every day survival.See More

People: Montgomery, John, fl. 1778-1779

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: BattleAlcoholFinanceCommerceMerchants and TradeGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryMaritimeNavyFranceCaribbeanContinental CongressCongressPoliticsEconomicsCoins and CurrencyMilitary Law

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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