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Lowell, John (1743-1802) Copy of Robert Morris speech re: price of peace & cost of maintaining it

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01526 Author/Creator: Lowell, John (1743-1802) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 1777/09/01-1780/03/18 Pagination: 6 p. + docket 34 x 22 cm

Lowell's copy of Morris' 1783 budget speech detailing estimates for the army, navy, foreign affairs, etc. noting that by focusing on naval strength, "the enemy will be convinced of the impracticality of subduing us." With a one page table listing the depreciation of the Continental dollar.

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