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Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869) to H. H. Carroll

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00096.02 Author/Creator: Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 16 August 1841 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 26 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses President John Tyler's veto of the Bank Bill. States in part, "Will not our friends rejoice? Will not the enemies of the Constitution dispair? ... Let the young men take from this, fresh encouragement in the darkest and most portentous hour never to dispair of the Republic." Letter is not addressed or signed but the recipient is identified in the seller's description and in GLC00096.01.

Background Information: Peirce was a Senator from New Hampshire at this time. Carroll was a former clerk at Pierce's law office and current editor of the Concord (N.H.) Patriot.

People: Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869
Carroll, H. H., fl. 1841-1843
Tyler, John, 1790-1862

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: US ConstitutionBank of the USBankingGovernment and CivicsPoliticsPresidentCongress

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