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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) to Edward D. Gazzam

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02103 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 January 1847 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 26 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Encloses a passport and a letter for General Campbell. Gazzam was to depart on a voyage to Havana soon and apparently asked Buchanan if there were any dispatches needing posting. Buchanan politely replies that dispatches post to Havana by mail very quickly and that couriers are not usually paid to carry them so he cannot comply with his request.

Background Information: Written while Buchanan served as Secretary of State under James Polk.

People: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
Gazzam, Edward D., fl. 1842-1847

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentDiplomacyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyTexasLatin and South AmericaCaribbeanWestward ExpansionAmerican WestPost Office

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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