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Lot 29: (3) Antique Charts Ambassador Tobias Lear Accounts 1812

Antique & Collectible Books-Art-Paper Civil War, Antique Reference, Outsider & Harper's Weekly Art, etc

by The Book Barn

December 1, 2016

Edgewater, FL, USA

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  • (3) Antique Charts Ambassador Tobias Lear Accounts 1812
  • (3) Antique Charts Ambassador Tobias Lear Accounts 1812
  • (3) Antique Charts Ambassador Tobias Lear Accounts 1812
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Description: (3) ANTIQUE Scarce Early 19th Century U. S. Government Charts detailing the accounts of Algerian Ambassador Tobais Lear. (3) Large Charts (printed on one side) Titled: "The United States Of America in account with Tobias Lear, Consul General Of the United States at Algiers," SCARCE bit of early US Foreign Policy History. (3) large charts detailing the disbursements of The US Ambassador to Algiers on behalf of the US or citizens of the US in 1812. All are suitable for framing. Many of Lear’s payments are thinly disguised bribes to the Dey of Algiers & his officials without which nothing would get done. To wit: "July 23: To cash disbursed to sundry persons who were supposed and believed to have influence with the Dey, to secure their interest in endeavoring to have the order of the Dey revoked for sending away the ship "Allegheny" with her cargo, and taking such measures as must lead to war between the United States and Algiers." Dated lower & signed in TYPE on left of last (3rd) page: "Tobias Lear, July 24, 1812." (3) Very Large 1 page (each) Charts, Each Chart is approximately 13 inches high X 15 1/2 inches wide, Signed in TYPE on the last chart by "Tobias Lear" on the lower right. Left side of each chart is rough where it was detached from government records book, brown age toning but not brittle & light edge wear to other three sides without loss of text. Overall Good Plus Condition. Tobias Lear (1762-1816) is best known as the personal secretary to President George Washington Lear served Washington from 1784 until the former-President's death in 1799. Lear also served as President Thomas Jefferson’s peace envoy in the Mediterranean during the 1st & 2nd Barbary Wars. He was responsible for negotiating a peace that ended the first Barbary War. Lear was married for the 3rd time to Frances Dandridge Henley). In a last-minute change, the Lears were reassigned to the USS Constitution from the USS Philadelphia and when the USS Philadelphia ended up being captured at Algiers, ironically, Lear became the primary negotiator for the crew's release in 1805 with the treaty that ended the 1st Barbary War. Lear was alleged to have mishandled the treaty negotiations that resulted in the treaty. Lear stayed on in Algiers until 1812 when he fell out of favor with the ruling Dey. In 1816, Lear apparently committed suicide by shooting himself with a pistol. The specific reasons for his suicide are unknown, but some historians believe he committed suicide due to being vilified by the media for his decision to mistakenly accept the terms of the negotiations with Tripoli. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. PLEASE NOTE: We do all our own shipping. We will combine shipping on multiple items, where possible to save the wining bidder on shipping costs. Shipping will be added to winning bidder's invoice for item(s) won. Media Mail postage from USPS will be used for shipping in the United States for those items allowed. Lowest alternative cost shipping will be billed for items not allowed by USPS to be shipped by Media Mail. Foreign winning bidders will pay postage based on their countries small/medium/large Flat Rate box postage rates & weight of the package. Other types of postage are available at added expense at the bidders request. You also agree to pay any applicable taxes and/or customs/import duties. A Tracking Number will be provided to buyer. Insurance is mandatory on packages over $100 USD and will be added to postage charges when applicable.

Condition Report: Good Plus Condition

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