Raynors HCA 2020-02
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Richard Bickerton Pemell Lyons, 1st Earl Lyons GCB, GCMG, PC (1817-1887) was an eminent British diplomat, the favorite of Queen Victoria. Lyons was the most influential British diplomat during each of the four great crises of the second half of the 19th century: Italian unification; the American Civil War; the Eastern Question; and the replacement of France by Germany as the dominant Continental power subsequent to German Unification. Lyons is best known for solving the Trent Affair during the American Civil War; for laying the foundations for the Special Relationship and the Entente Cordiale; and for predicting, 32 years before World War One, the occurrence of an imperial war between France and Germany that would destroy Britain's international dominance. Autograph Letter Signed "Lyons" 2pp. octavo, October 6, 1859, Washington, D.C., on mourning stationery, addressed to Commodore Shubrick and reads "Captain Buchanan holds out to me a hope that you will be disposed to accompany me tomorrow in a visit to the Navy Yard..." Very good condition. William Branford Shubrick (1790-1874) was an officer in the United States Navy. His active-duty career extended from 1806 to 1861, including service in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War; he was placed on the retired list in the early months of the Civil War.
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