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Paine, Thomas
[AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM THOMAS PAINE TO WILLIAM PETTY, FORMER EARL OF SHELBURNE AND PRESENTLY THE 1st MARQUESS OF LANSDOWNE, CONCERNING THE CURRENT PRECARIOUS POLITICAL SITUATION BETWEEN ENGLAND AND FRANCE]
London, 1787. [3]pp., on a folded folio sheet, docketed on the blank fourth page. Old folds, minor toning. Near fine. A politically-charged letter from Thomas Paine to his friend, William Petty, former Earl of Shelburne, who was made the first Marquess (or Marquis) of Lansdowne in 1784. Petty was Prime Minister when the treaty ending the Revolutionary War was negotiated between the United States and England. In this letter Paine discusses the tense relationship between England and France, and stresses the importance of an amicable resolution to their differences. He writes that "this infamous business of perpetual wrangling between England & France...would be called by a coarser name" if the conflict was between two individuals instead of two nations, warning of the potentially cataclysmic results of a war. Here, the author of COMMON SENSE opens his letter by extending his thanks to Lansdowne for the kind invitation to the latter's country home, Bowood House and explains: "I had the honour of receiving your Lordship's favour of the 27th Sepr. and am much obliged to you for the kind and genteel invitation you gave me into the country. I had written to your Lordship my thanks and discanted a little on the then state of public affairs, but they appearing to grow every day more perplexing, I determined to lay it aside - this, together with the hopes of seeing your Lordship in town at an earlier period, than mentioned in your letter, will I hope interest you to excuse the omission." Paine proceeds to expound on the precarious political situation between France and England, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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