Date Published: 1851
Binding: No binding
John MacGregor manuscript letter 4-1/2 x 7-1/8 inches.
Hyde Park, London 1851
Introducing his friend, Mr. Cormack who has traveled by Sea and Land over a great part of the World as purported to reach America as far as California. Any kind attention to him on letter, will ? oblige your's faithfully J MacGregor
Samuel Ruggles Esq.?
Old paper clip impression at top was folded now flat, good condition.
John MacGregor was born in Scotland but emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1803 at 6 years old. Moved to Prince Edward Island in 1806 where he was a business man, high sheriff and local politition. He moved to Liverpool, England, in 1827 and set up as an successful merchant, general commission-agent and author writing 16 books. MacGregor later decided to become a political economist and commercial expert, at first specializing in Britain’s American colonies. He became acquainted with James Deacon Hume and other political economists and began a lengthy writing career which resulted in the publication of more than 30 titles, many of them multi-volume works. In 1832 he began a major study of international commercial statistics in collaboration with James Deacon Hume; by 1833 he was residing in London and over the next few years travelled extensively on the continent, often in the employ of the Foreign Office. He negotiated a series of commercial treaties on behalf of: Great Britain. Elected in July 1847, he represented Glasgow until shortly before his death in 1857. Although MacGregor had a chequered career, few political figures in early Victorian Britain had his first-hand knowledge of British North America. As publicist and civil servant, he helped to shape economic policy in the transitional years from protectionism to free trade
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