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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) to Cyrus W. Field

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00162.03 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 August 1858 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Congratulates Field on his transatlantic telegraph enterprise. "Under the blessings of Divine Providence, I trust it may prove instrumental in promoting perpetual peace and friendship between the Kindred nations." Informs Field that he has not yet received Queen Victoria's dispatch.

Background Information: Field was an American financier noted for the success of the first transatlantic cable which was sent 16 August 1858 from Queen Victoria in England to President James Buchanan. Success was fleeting ...though and the cable broke the next month.See More

People: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West)., 1819-1892

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

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