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PEYTON Joseph - Autograph Letter Signed 1789 in Naples to Sir William Hamilton

  • £275.00

Joseph PEYTON (1725-1804)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Jos Peyton”) to Sir William Hamilton, suggesting that they meet so that “the points in question may be adjusted between us”.

1 page 4to with integral blank leaf, Naples, 10 January 1789. 

The Candour expressed in your letter of this date has fair Claim to every return to it on my Part.

I am therefore led to wish that the points in question may be adjusted between us, at an Interview instead of discussing the Subject by Letter.

If this meets your approbation, anytime after today, I am ready to converse with you on the subject.”

The subject in question was most likely diplomatic. Peyton had arrived a month earlier to assume his post as commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean; Sir William Hamilton knew Naples well, having served as Envoy Extraordinary for the past twenty-five years.

The letter is docketed on the verso of the blank leaf “Admiral Peytons answer to my letter”.


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