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Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) to James Madison

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01814 Author/Creator: Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 March 1814 Pagination: 2 p. ; 24 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Responds to a letter from Madison in which he told Gerry that Parliament had abolished the Courts of Session in Middlesex. Gerry considers the news "laughable." In a long note after his signature he comments on the popularity of a certain Mrs. Derby and also notes "that our republican ladies refuse to mix with those of the high federalists of our quarter." Gerry was Madison's vice president.

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

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: War of 1812PresidentLawGovernment and CivicsGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyWomen's HistoryRepublican PartyFederalistsVice President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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