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Rush, Benjamin (1746-1813) to James Madison

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00580 Author/Creator: Rush, Benjamin (1746-1813) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 April 1790 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 20 x 17 cm.

Summary of Content: Sends Madison a pamphlet and requests that he protect against it being published in a newspaper. Notes that he will send copies of the pamphlet to Thomas Jefferson in the upcoming week. Also sends a sermon by Richard Price. Describes the sermon as "pregnant with noble sentiments" and credits it with inspiring the idea of "your [Madison's] house addressing the national assembly & king of France" concerning the French Revolution. Discusses the hoped for effects of such an address. Concludes: "The United States kindled the flame of liberty in Europe. It is highly proper that they should fan it." Indicates that Madison's motion in honor of the deceased Benjamin Franklin was well received. Two dockets made with different inks, in Madison's hand.

Background Information:

People: Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813
Madison, James, 1751-1836
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Price, Richard, 1723-1791

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: French RevolutionGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyPresidentFranceFreedom and IndependenceCongressDeathReligion

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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