PULTENEY, Sir William. 19035



Autograph Letter Signed, to Henry Dundas (Secretary of War & Home Secretary), sending a “proposal for raising some men on the Continent to join Lord Moira”, discussing the expedition, recommending Count D’Erval, etc. 1½ pages 8 x 5 inches, dust soiled, soiled vertical crease through signature, otherwise sound. London, 25 February 1794. “I trust you are taking effectual means for the tranquility of London in case of an invasion. There are many unquiet spirits here.” Sir William Pulteney [formerly Johnstone], fifth baronet (1729–1805), politician and property developer (Great Pulteney Street). Pulteney’s American interests appear to have stemmed from the appointment of his brother George Johnstone as governor of West Florida in 1763 and existing Johnstone family interests in the West Indies. On the outbreak of the American War of Independence in 1776 he and his brother George, by then also an MP, became involved in attempts at reconciliation. George Johnstone joined the earl of Carlisle’s peace mission to America while Pulteney undertook a secret mission, under the alias of Mr Williams, to Paris to attempt negotiations with Benjamin Franklin, the American ambassador to France. [DNB]