French-born diplomat (1763-1834) who served as French Ambassador to the United States during the French Revolution, in which capacity he incited controversy by attempting to recruit American privateers on behalf of France in its wars with Spain and Britain. ALS signed “E. C. Genet,” one page on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, August 13, 1816. In part: "In pursuance of your friendly offer I enclose a receipt of the Cashier of the Bank of America…which I have deposited at that Bank to the credit of the Mechanic and farmer Bank of Albany and in hope that you will prove as able a negotiator as you are a financier I have sent to my friend M. Stafford a blank note to be filled up with the real balance due by me to the Bank. I wish it could include the amount of my note to Mess'r van Beuthuisen, and if that additional favour was granted you may rest assured, Sir, that I shall pay the whole if possible, and certainly the half when, that new note will become due with much respect and esteem." In very good to fine condition, with light creasing, and a small chip to the right edge. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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