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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) to Edward D. Gazzam re: Texas and the annexation treaty

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02100 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: Washington Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1844/04/13 Pagination: 1 p. + FF 34 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Written as Senator from Pennsylvania to his friend Edward Gazzam. Buchanan's delaying tactics the following year as Secretary of State under Tyler allowed the president to ask for a declaration of war against Mexico. A portion of the letter on p. 1 was removed by cutting, probably by Buchanan. With free frank.

Background Information:

Full Transcript: Washington 13 April 1844
My dear Sir:
I have just received and hasten to answer yours of the 10th. [Hesitant/Instant], I ought [c?] this to have acknowledged the receipt of your ...very interesting letter of the 19th. [?] on the subject of Texas; but necessity compels me, especially with my particular [funds], so far as [no] correspondence is concerned, to cease many things undone [we]. I ought to do. It is a curious fact that I addressed four gentlemen in different [p?] of the state, on whose judgments I placed great reliance, and you stand, two and two and two: and from each I have received an able response. Your letter reminds me that it is most ungrateful to [?] the house, upon friends to give me their opinion on great questions; and then neglect to acknowledge the obligation. I shall instantly repair my error.
I can say to you, in all sincerity that I have kept any mend [?], open to connection upon this [?], important question. ,-P



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People: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: TexasMexican WarPresidentLatin and South AmericaGovernment and CivicsPoliticsWestward ExpansionAmerican WestGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyCongressDiplomacyTreatyElectionStatehood

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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