• Founder of Massachusetts Colony, William Blathwayt, Complains About Lack Of Surgeons

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    An autograph letter signed by WILLIAM BLATHWAYT (1649 – August 16, 1717), who founded the Crown colony of the Province of Massachusetts, predecessor to the state of Massachuestts. Blathwayt was an English diplomat and a Whig politician who was in the English and British House of Commons and established the War Office as a department of the British Government and played an important role in administering the British Colonies of North America.

    In this letter, he complains about the lack of surgeons in the hospital in Liege and discusses other diplomatic matters. Dated August 23, 1695. Ink on laid, 4to, 1 pg. (plus 3 blanks.)

    Malogne Abby 23 Aug [Verso states Augt 23d 1695]


    “I have many of your letters...I thank you...The Passport is gone astray by the fault of the Prince of Vandemont’s Secretary. It is in the hands of one degree a Commissary of Machad’s. who is employed as a Commissary for the Exchange of Prisoners...Mr. Lamb would do well to come hither to answer some complaints about the Hospitall...There is a want of Doctors...and of many other things.  Mr. Villeroy may come this way if he please. Our main Army is at Masy...Your most faithful humble Servt Wm Blathwayt”

    Folds. Expected toning.

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