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    Declaration of Independence Signer William Ellery ALS, "W Ellery", three pages, 6.25" x 8", Princeton, New Jersey, November 6, 1783, to an unknown recipient regarding free trade with European nations. In very small part: "Congress will embrace every opportunity for entering into commercial treaties with all trading nations; and have actually some treaties in contemplation. -- the illiberal conduct of Britain, unless altered, will force a retaliation, and our trade into other channels. -- The wisest way for us is to have as many strings to our bow as possible... Congress have lately received a letter from the Burgomaster & Senate of the Imperial free city of the Empire Hamburgh, urging congress to suffer their merchants to enjoy all such rights & liberties as Congress allow to merchants of nations in amity... A treaty, as you have seen, is entered into with Sweden. One is proposed with Denmark, and another with Germany, and as the definitivetreaty is signed, as it is said & confidently believed, perhaps we shall enter into a commercial treaty with Russia... The Dutch Minister Mr. Van Berchal was last Friday received in his public character. He appears to be a good republican and a sensible man. -- Perhaps the United States may derive some commercial benefits from this embassy..." Much more excellent content. This letter was penned while Ellery, representing Rhode Island, served on a Congressional committee governing maritime affairs. Evenly toned with bold ink, the letter has been tipped and presents in very fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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