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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00239 Author/Creator: Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 07 June 1813 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Remarks that the governor of Massachusetts, Caleb Strong, "displayed his british colours," referring to Strong not allowing the federal government to recruit troops for the War of 1812 in his state. Notes that President Madison recovered from an illness and praises the president and his wife. Mentions that he cannot send a document Austin wants. In response to Strong, President Madison withdrew all protection from Massachusetts. Gerry was then vice president.

People: Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Austin, James Trecothick, 1784-1870
Strong, Caleb, 1745-1819
Madison, Dolley, 1768-1849
Madison, James, 1751-1836

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: War of 1812Military HistoryPresidentHealth and MedicalRecruitmentGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyVice PresidentPolitics

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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