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London Letter to U. S. Discussing War of 1812 just as the British Blockade began

London Letter to U. S. Discussing War of 1812 just as the British Blockade began

London Letter to U. S. Discussing War of 1812 just as the British Blockade began    London Letter to U. S. Discussing War of 1812 just as the British Blockade began

Discussing War of 1812 just as the British Blockade began. Commercial letter from London to the United States discussing the prospect of continuing the War of 1812 delivered by the American privateer. Just as the British were imposing a blockade on American harbors.

From James Pritt & Co. London to New York and Boston: 1813. This two-page stampless folded letter measures 15.75 by 10 unfolded.

It is datelined duplicate London 30th January 1813. The letter was forwarded to New York after originally having been addressed to Boston. The letter was carried from London to the United States by the American Brig. As attested to by a manuscript annotation in the lower left corner. The letter is in nice shape with a holenot affecting any textwhere the wax seal was broken upon opening.

A transcript will be included. In this letter, a London merchant asks for Parkers opinion regarding a recent decree by the Prince Regent (the future George IV who ruled Great Britain during the final years of his fathers, George III, mental illness) that signaled a willingness to allow American merchant ships access to French ports if France would reciprocate with regard to British ports. Long before this you will have received the Prime Regents declaration, how it may be looked on in America we know not, but it is considered by all parties here, as an admirable state paper, chiefly on account of its truth and moderation. Glad shall we be to learn that its operation in America has been such as to produce something like a reciprocity in the case, then, there would be ground to hope that the unnatural War in which we are now involved would not be of long duration. If the American Government is determined to continue their present course, till they have conquered Canada, or compelled the British Nation to alter or relax its code of Naval Law, the War must then be a long one, to say nothing of the Government.

There is scarcely an individual in the Nation, that would not willingly risk its all in support of its ancient rights. When President James Madison declared war upon Great Britain in June of 1812 for its seizure of American ships and impressment of men serving upon them, his act was seen as little more than an annoyance as England was preoccupied with its war against Napoleon. The Prince Regent, who had no appetite for wasting resources fighting a North American war and was also in need of American flour, was more than willing to broker a peace agreement providing the United States did not attempt to seize Canada and recognized Britains right to reclaim former English seamen who were sailing on American ships. Pritts letter expresses these same sentiments quite clearly and succinctly. Rather than deploying British army forces to fight on land, on November 27 of 1812, the British Navy was ordered to begin blockading American ports and prevent any merchant or military ships from entering or departing those harbors.

It did this in four successive phases, and the blockade of New York began in late May of 1813, however, the blockade of Rhode Island and points north was not begun until the following April. Presumably, the original of Pritts letter was first sent in January of 1812 and this copy five months later. British naval records reflect that the American Brig Brutus was seized in early January of 1813, but likely retaken, and American records suggest that the Brutus also operated as a privateer under a letters-of-marque throughout the war. See "The Naval Chronicle for 1813, " Vol 29, p 338; Coggeshalls "History of the American Privateers and Letters-of-Marque, " and Frajolas The British Naval Blockade during the War of 1812. View My Other Items For Sale.

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London Letter to U. S. Discussing War of 1812 just as the British Blockade began    London Letter to U. S. Discussing War of 1812 just as the British Blockade began