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Ralph Izard Family Papers, 19 June and 25 September 1794 and 29 June 1814 [Addition]
Three letters, 19 June and 25 September 1794 and 29 June 1814, relating to the family of Ralph Izard include two 1794 communications from London merchant and author H[enry] M[erttins] Bird to Senator Izard.

The earlier of Bird's letters comments on George and Henry Izard's situation in Europe and the budding relationship of the new American nation with Britain. "I have had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Jay," Bird observed, and "there appears to be every disposition to meet the object of Mr. Jay's mission with proper attention & I have no doubt that his negotiation will terminate to the satisfaction of America & by removing the causes of complaint & procuring reasonable compensation for injuries will lay the foundation for permanent peace & harmony between us. The moderation & wisdom of America in sending over so respectable a character to negotiate instead of taking any hasty steps of reprisal is highly commendable."

Bird's 25 September 1794 letter discusses the prospects for Izard's son George as an engineer in the Polish Revolution, anticipates the acceptance of the Jay Treaty, and includes a postscript announcing that the Prussians had abandoned their siege of Warsaw.

The 29 June 1814 letter, from Alice Izard to her daughter Margaret Manigault, conveys news of the day and advice on maintaining "the composure of the mind."


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