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Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) to James Monroe

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01248 Author/Creator: Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 November 1811 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Praises a message written by President James Madison, possibly pertaining to hostilities with England precipitating the War of 1812, as "firm, cool, candid, judicious & dignified - it is entitled to the resolute support of every friend to his Country, by every mean [sic], civil & military." In a postscript, thanks Monroe for a letter he wrote and agrees with his ideas on "men & measures."

People: Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Monroe, James, 1758-1831
Madison, James, 1751-1836

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: War of 1812Military HistoryPresidentGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyVice President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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