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Manuscript receipt signed "Aberdeen"
Paris, 1814. Half page. 1 vols. 8 x 6 1/2 inches. Folds. Light discoloration, small stain in upper margin, else very good. Half page. 1 vols. 8 x 6 1/2 inches. Payment for the British Secret Service at the Treaty of Paris. A receipt for £371.13.10 received from Lord Viscount Castlereagh, as Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs "on account of His Majesty's foreign Secret Service." Following Napoleon's first abdication the Treaties of Paris were signed. The first, signed the 30th of May also contained a secret treaty. Both were signed by Gordon and Castlereagh and Cathcart representing Great Britain. Gordon was also noteworthy in his younger days as having founded the Athenian Society. Byron's "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers" contains the lines "First, in the oat-fed phalanz shall be seen/The travell'd thane, Athenian Aberdeen" inspired by Gordon's appearance among the "Edinburgh Reviewers" and his pro-Hellenic stance.
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