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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.022.07 Author/Creator: Montgomery, John (fl. 1778-1779) Place Written: Lisbon, Portugal Type: Autograph letter Date: 13 October 1779 Pagination: 2 p. + addr. + docket 23.5 x 19.5 cm

Summary of Content: Signed as Montgomery, Sealy, and Co. Details accounts of shipments of wine and sundries. Discusses insurance and safety of the convoys and states that there are 4 or 5 Spanish ships off the coast. Reports that the British fleet is guarding the Channel and a small squadron has gone to Ireland. Remarks that there is talk of peace due to the mediation of the Empress of Russia (Catherine) and the States of Holland who he believes would otherwise be in favor of the British. 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


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Merchants and TradeCommerceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyFinanceAlcoholMaritimeMilitary HistoryNavyDiplomacy

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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