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Gadsden, James (1788-1858) to Gen. Charles Gratiot

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01462 Author/Creator: Gadsden, James (1788-1858) Place Written: Wassassa, Florida Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 February 1833 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 25 x 21 cm.

Requests funds for improvements needed to make the St. Marks River more easily navigated.

James Gadsden was the minister to Mexico who negotiated the Gadsden Purchase. Before this he lived in Florida where he was involved in Indian Affairs and local politics.
General Charles Gratiot was the principal engineer for the army's engineer bureau in Washington D.C.

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