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By H. L. Dufour Woolfley

ISBN-10: 1611461359

ISBN-13: 9781611461350

ISBN-10: 1611461944

ISBN-13: 9781611461947

In the summer season of 1813, as conflict 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 additional desire of buying that territory for the US. the fellow Madison despatched to pursue these difficult projects 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 ahead of journeyed in another country. Morris, a widower, had willingly authorized the president’s name, regardless of the separation it's going to impose from his 4 teenage children.

The Morris challenge didn't continue as meant, as advancements in Spain conspired to change its scope and delay its length. lengthy after the conflict had ended, Morris was once pressured to persevere at his put up because the in simple terms American hyperlink to an unfriendly Spanish monarchy. As he dutifully carried on, ill-founded accusations by means of different annoyed American diplomats slurred his recognition. in the meantime, he thirsted to rejoin his maturing kids, whose lives have been taking paths that might were not likely had he by no means left them. all through this ordeal, a steadfastly philosophical Anthony Morris strove to counter his misery through considerate exploration of a countrywide tradition and a spiritual religion so very diverse from his personal.

The complete tale of this unique yet little-remembered diplomatic undertaking has no longer formerly been acknowledged. The telling of it the following unearths a lot in regards to the vexation and confusion endemic to American international relations within the age of sail, while occasions frequently moved speedier than the mails. Interwoven with that historic account is the poignant revelation of the non secular and cultural development that Anthony Morris reaped from his odyssey, as displayed in a circulate of intimate, captivating letters to the daughters he had left at domestic.

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