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(Sir John, 1792-1872, M.P., F.R.S., Linguist, Governor and Ambassador, opened up trade with King Mongkut of Siam, favourite pupil of Jeremy Bentham)
Autograph Letter Signed to
(1778-1842, Radical Non-Conformist Liberal MP for Wigan) saying that he has heard "that
has been abusing me. Will you be so kind as to send me Whittle's advertising & any other papers which have reference to the subject, the expense of which I will gratefully repay. Mr Howard will I hope have been able to send you such information as you deserve as to the Printing Acts ...", 1 side 4to., with integral autograph address leaf
endorsed for free Postage by Joseph HUME
(777-1855, Radical Statesman), London 17th September
unevenly trimmed at the bottom without loss of text
William Cobbitt (1763-1835) was the Radical & Reformer.
Sir John's bent for languages was nurtured in a mercantile house in Exeter. At 19 he was in the Peninsula and then studied the public accounts of many European countries. The Government sent him on many commercial diplomatic missions in the Middle East, and later the Far East, where he was Plenipotentiary to China (1854) and Governor of Hong Kong, and established diplomatic and commercial relations with Siam (1855). He was also responsible for introducing the florin, our first decimal coin.
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