A Quaker Goes to Spain: The Diplomatic Mission of Anthony by H. L. Dufour Woolfley PDF

By H. L. Dufour Woolfley

ISBN-10: 1611461359

ISBN-13: 9781611461350

ISBN-10: 1611461944

ISBN-13: 9781611461947

In the summer time of 1813, as warfare with Britain intensified, President James Madison secretly dispatched an ambassador to the Regency govt of Spain with the pressing objective of thwarting a feared British bid to take advantage of Spanish Florida as a base from which to assault the U.S., and with the extra wish of buying that territory for the USA. the guy Madison despatched to pursue these not easy initiatives was once Anthony Morris, a chum of Dolley’s from their formative years in Philadelphia and a religious Quaker legal professional who had by no means earlier than journeyed out of the country. Morris, a widower, had willingly authorized the president’s name, regardless of the separation it can impose from his 4 teenage children.

The Morris undertaking didn't continue as meant, as advancements in Spain conspired to change its scope and lengthen its length. lengthy after the warfare had ended, Morris was once pressured to persevere at his submit because the basically American hyperlink to an unfriendly Spanish monarchy. As he dutifully carried on, ill-founded accusations by means of different pissed off American diplomats slurred his attractiveness. in the meantime, he thirsted to rejoin his maturing youngsters, whose lives have been taking paths that will were not likely had he by no means left them. all through this ordeal, a steadfastly philosophical Anthony Morris strove to counter his misery by way of considerate exploration of a countrywide tradition and a spiritual religion so very varied from his personal.

The complete tale of this particular yet little-remembered diplomatic exercise has no longer formerly been acknowledged. The telling of it the following finds a lot in regards to the vexation and confusion endemic to American international relations within the age of sail, while occasions usually moved swifter than the mails. Interwoven with that old account is the poignant revelation of the non secular and cultural progress that Anthony Morris reaped from his odyssey, as displayed in a move of intimate, fascinating letters to the daughters he had left at domestic.

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