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Rusk, Thomas J. to Thomas Ward re: location of seat of government & settlement of "archive war"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01780 Author/Creator: Rusk, Thomas J. Place Written: Nacogdoches, [Texas] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1843/09/23 Pagination: 3 p. + FF 24 x 22 cm

Summary of Content: Written to Ward, Commissioner of the General Land Office. Rusk looks forward to a settlement of the archive war and the question of a capital.

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: TexasAmerican WestRebellionMobs and RiotsGovernment and CivicsMexican WarLatin and South AmericaGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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