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Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell) (1782-1850) to Richard Graham and Joseph Philips

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02146.17 Author/Creator: Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell) (1782-1850) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Letter signed Date: 29 December 1818 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Secretary of State Calhoun denies an appropriation request because he did not receive a detailed estimate of expenses. Indicates that he will attempt to have the senate increase the appropriation but advises them to keep their disbursements to the original appropriation.

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