Carroll, Charles (1737-1832) to Charles Carroll
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Letter sent to his father while studying in Europe. Lengthy observations on European political matters including the state of affairs between Spain, France, and England. Remarks that Spain and France may focus on attacking Portugal to deter England from America and divide their forces. Suggests that if peace occurs, England might invade Spain. Reports that the Jesuits in France have been abandoned by the king and the Jesuit colleges have been closed. Discusses the sorry state of affairs in France. Reports that he is sending his accounts for 1761 and mentions some volumes that he is also sending. Comments that he has been reading Flume's History of England. Talks about visiting a friend, Mr. Huddlestone, in Sawson. Mentions that his health is good. Note made by Robert Gilmor on last page of letter stating the author of the letter is now in his 95th year, and that the letter was given to Gilmor in 1831. Charles Carroll Jr. was born in Maryland, attended a Jesuit college in France, and continued practical studies in Europe for many years. He supported the colonies separation from England, served on the Continental Congress, and signed the Declaration of Independence.
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