Parke, E.[lizabeth]
Autograph Letter Signed, Liverpool, England, May 22, 1811 to Mrs. Peter Wainwright, Cambridge, Massachusetts

quarto, 4 pages, plus stampless address leaf, formerly folded, separation along fold, small hole due to careless opening, else in very good, clean and legible condition.

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During the Napoleonic Wars, with coming conflict between England and America, Parke writes:


            “… I see you only in sleep sometimes, yet in my memory faithful to you … I can never forget her who so often … chear’d my Heart and instructed my Head, whose corrected Judgment amended mine … we are not likely to visit each other in this world … Mr. Parke has been really oppressed with Business but I think the discordant minds of your countrymen will ease him of his burthen. Why do these dissatisfactions arise, why do our Brtehren wage incessant war against each other, how shocking, how contrary to Christian thinking minds and which no plea of necessity can justify, self interest and ambition I fear will continue to maintain different opinion, not Justice but legalized Murder wield the sword and would persuade the Multitudes tis right to do so – in consequence of this, an almost general Bankruptcy has taken place in this flourishing Town, families once thought opulent now become indigent, such a change you may bless your stars you are not involved in this vortex, which swallows all before it …”