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Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) to James T. Austin

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00137 Author/Creator: Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: June 23, 1813 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 32 x 19 cm. + 1 engraving ; b&w ; 18.1 x 16.3 cm

Summary of Content: Comments on the loss of a ship, the Chesapeake. Also notes the slow progress of the Ways and Means Committee, the resignation of General Henry Dearborn for health reasons, and the recovery of President James Madison from an illness. Discusses witnessing a demonstration of "liquid fire, inextinguishable for a period, by water" by a "Mr Lloyd of Adams in Pennsylva" and the products potential for weaponry. Gerry was then vice president. Written from the chamber of the senate. One engraving of "Elmood", once the residence of Elbridge Gerry, included as collateral.

Background Information: 1 Ex-Hessel Collection.

Full Transcript:

People: Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Austin, James Trecothick, 1784-1870
Dearborn, Henry, 1751-1829

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: War of 1812MaritimeMilitary HistoryHealth and MedicalCongressRebellionScience and TechnologyWeaponryVice PresidentLawGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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