Lot 44: 1792 DAVID HUMPHREYS Autograph Letter Signed
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
David Humphreys' Autograph Letter Signed to President George Washington's Personal Secretary Tobias Lear
DAVID HUMPHREYS (1752-1818). American Revolutionary War Colonel and Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington, American Minister to Portugal and then to Spain, Entrepreneur who brought Merino sheep to America and Member of the Connecticut State Legislature, also Poet and Author he was one of the then famous "Hartford Wits".
November 28, 1792-Dated Fereral Period, Excellent Content Autograph Letter Signed, "D. Humphreys" as U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, 4 pages, Lisbon, measuring 9" x 7.5", Choice Very Fine. Letter to Tobias Lear as private secretary to President George Washington, with news on many important, mostly European political subjects such as, "In case Britain should have occasion for troops from him to fight against us again, I think I could negociate with him, as well as almost any Plenipotentiary...". It reads, in part:
"...Lord Shrewsbury sailed from here in his own yatch [sic]... if he should come to your part of America... I wish you would take some pains to make him known to the President & procure such civilities for him as he may seem to merit... The Margravine [of Anspach] has entreated of me... that I would procure for her two Virginia red Birds, a male & female. If you, or rather our friend Colo. Biddle can contrive to have them sent to me, I shall be very well pleased to... shew this little act of attention to Her Serene Highness. I know it will be very grateful to the Margrave... In case Britain should have occasion for troops from him to fight against us again, I think I could negociate with him, as well as almost any Plenipotentiary... The Duke [of Norhumberland] is disposed to be extremely sociable. We had a great deal of conversation on the American War... He told me several curious anecdotes of the British Commanders in Chief, which I could scarcely have learnt from any other quarter...".
Ex: EAHA Auction, February 10, 2001, Lot 106, where is sold for $1,265.
David Humphreys served as a Revolutionary Lieutenant Colonel, later as a Brigadier General and Aide-De-Camp to George Washington. He became Commissioner to Algiers; Special Ambassador to Portugal (1790), and Ambassador to Spain (1796-1801).