Autograph letter signed, plus portrait

Place, Francis

Publication Date: 1813
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Place, Francis (1771-1854). Autograph letter signed to Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith (1764-1840). Charing Cross, London, Sept. 30, 1813. 1 page plus integral blank. 251 x 202 mm. Minor dust-soiling and creasing, but very good. Offered with engraved portrait of Place (London: James Fraser, n.d.), 216 x 136 mm., edges chipped, one corner repaired. From economist and political reformer Francis Place, author of Illustrations and Proofs of the Principle of Population (1822), the foundation work of the birth-control movement. Place was born into poverty, but through hard work was able to set himself up as a successful master tailor, with an establishment in Charing Cross, London. In the present letter he writes to British admiral Sir Sidney Smith, hero of the Napoleonic Wars, in regard to the outstanding accounts of Mr. G. C. Smith and Lt. Wright, each of whom owed Place over 130. "Mr. Smith's account has been closed two years--Lt. Wright's sometime longer--I have had no communication with either of the gentlemen nor do I know how to address to them . . . I should not have taken the liberty to address myself so freely to a person of your rank--but that I know I address myself to one whose knowledge of business and of the world will make my apology.". Bookseller Inventory # 41017

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Title: Autograph letter signed, plus portrait

Publication Date: 1813

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