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Autograph letter signed. One page. 9 x 7-1/2 inches. British Consulate (Boston) Dated January 8th [circa 1840]. Some paper edges bend wrinkled, otherwise good condition.
Written in third person by Grattan to John R. Mills Esq. Boston following up on an inquiry concerning Thomas Moore.
Thomas Colley Grattan was an Irish/British soldier, journalist, critic, author and diplomat. He wrote a few novels, including The Heiress of Bruges (4 volumes, 1830); but his best work was Highways and Byways, a description of his Continental wanderings, of which he published three series, amounting to eight volumes. He also wrote a history of the Netherlands and books on America. He was for some time British Consul at Boston, U.S. from 1839 to 1946. At this period the controversy between the American states and the British provinces relative to the north-eastern boundary was the absorbing topic. Grattan made himself completely master of the subject, and communicated his opinions to Lord Ashburton when that nobleman arrived in the United States in 1842 as minister plenipotentiary for the purpose of settling the boundary question. Grattan was unanimously chosen by both parties to assist at the negotiations at Washington, and contributed to the conclusion of the treaty of 9 April 1842. Grattan also wrote articles sympathetic to Irish immigrants in the American press and worked for immigrant welfare, perhaps through the Charitable Irish Society (Boston).
Good. Item #8350