MORAN, Benjamin. 14710



A long Autograph Letter Signed, marked Private, to General Adam Badeau, discussing accounts for the U.S. Legation in London, ‘an appropriation of £200 for office furniture, and an increase for rent’, house hunting, the integrity of Vice Consul General Nunn, the arrival of Badeau’s box, ‘the Spanish affair’, McMahon, Sumner, and other current topics. 8 pp. 9 x 7.5 inches, some staining throughout, minor tears, complete and legible. London, 30 September 1869. Benjamin Moran (1820-86), diplomat and author, writes an entertaining letter as secretary of the American Legation in London. His correspondent, General Adam Badeau, also of the Legation (appointed by President Grant, whose military history he wrote), was on leave in America. ‘You must come back. The Duchess, Lady Georgiana, Babbage and I say so. But if the President decides otherwise, pray remember my wish and suggest some youth as your successor who will be half as good as you and I shall be happy – provided he don’t come from that heavenly City of Boston.’