Frederick William I, King of Prussia, Encourages Domestic Shipbuilding - so as not to have to depend on foreigners! Letter Signed, as King, in German, 1 page, 7.5" x 10", Potsdam. November 7, 1732. To Saturgus. Normal wear, some pencil notations, but altogether very good. With full English translation. Boorish and contemptuous of art and learning, but thrifty and practical, too, Frederick William had a passion for soldiering and anything that might help his army. Here we see him at his best, encouraging native - and national - industry. "I have seen... that your new ship is finished and launched... I congratulate you and wish that you... may build more ships, so that one does not have to have the trouble of to leave the advantage of transportation and freights to the foreigners." This, then, is how he laid the foundations for Prussia's power, which his son, Frederick the Great, would exploit so brilliantly. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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