ID: 26763
Autograph letter signed by John Gale Jones,

MANUSCRIPT, JONES, John Gale, Autograph letter signed by John Gale Jones, Friday 29th February 1821, from 5 Welsted Street Somers Town [London] to John Wilson Croker, praising George Washington.

8vo., about 20 lines + subscription, neatly written in ink, with conjugate leaf (blank except for name of recipient). In fine state of preservation.

A nice letter from the radical politician, John Gale Jones (1769-1838), on the 30th anniversary of the death of George Washington. 'Whatever difference may exist upon religious or political subjects yet all parties have readily concurred in paying a merited tribute of respect to the memory of the illustrious Washington, the successful assertor of American Independence. Impressed with the conviction, and assured of the liberality of your sentiments I am encouraged to send the enclosed oration* together with some testimonials* from a few of the distinguished noblemen who have honoured it with their subscription and names ......'. John Gale Jones had enjoyed by 1829 a long and honourable history of radical dissent and protest (spoke at the London Corresponding Society's meeting in Copenhagen Fields, 1795; imprisoned for sedition, 1798; and for libel on Castlereagh, 1810; committed to Newgate by the House of Commons in 1810 for breach of privilege). By 1829 Jones was re-established as a surgeon in Somers Town, London. John Wilson Croker (1780-1857) was the politician and essayist and not a natural friend of Jones. * Unfortunately missing.