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BRUCE, James.

Autograph letter, signed, concerning Barbary pirates.

Stock Code
90627
1763
£4,000

The great traveller and explorer of the Nile at the very beginning of his career abroad. In 1763 Bruce was appointed the British Consul at Algiers, charged with studying the antiquities and ruins of the country as well as maintaining diplomatic relations. In fact, Bruce's consular duties left almost no time for exploration, which he took up in earnest after he was relieved of his consular position in 1765.

The present letter is likely one of the first reports that Bruce sent back to Great Britain. It explains his preparations for resisting the assaults of Barbary Pirates on British property.

'There has been for these several days reports here that the Emperor of Morocco was putting out some Chebeques [war ships, usually mounted with 24 guns] to cruze upon the English And from Gibraltar it has been wrote that orders are come to bring all British subjects from the Moorish dominions &

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Description

2 pages (30.6 x 21.5 cm) on a bifolium, Algiers, 1 June 1763, to an unknown recipient, docketed on verso of integral blank 'Algiers 1 June 1763 Consul Bruce'; a bit faded, some short fold separations.

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