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Madison, James (1751-1836) to William Pinkney

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01191 Author/Creator: Madison, James (1751-1836) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Letter signed Date: 30 April 1808 Pagination: 5 p. : docket ; 25 x 20 cm. Order a Copy

Discusses congressional proceedings, foreign affairs, the Chesapeake affair, British and French aggression, and the Embargo Act of 1807. A portion of the letter has been written in code and is translated in another hand. Signed as Secretary of State. Pinkney was the U.S. Minister to Great Britain.

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Madison, James, 1751-1836
Pinkney, William, 1764-1822

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