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Randolph, John (1773-1833) to Joseph Scott

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02505.37 Author/Creator: Randolph, John (1773-1833) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 December 1807 Pagination: 1 p. : address : free frank ; 24.8 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Randolph as a U.S. Congressman from Virginia to Major Scott. In his carelessness, says he forgot to ask Scott to procure supplies for Roanoke. Said if he had gone to Petersburg he would have bought them there because they are cheaper, but he was unable to go. Says that yesterday they were on the point of a legislative victory for arming the militia. Fears it will be "snatched from our hands by an adjournment." Wax seal partially extent.

Background Information: Randolph was a U.S. Congressman for 14 terms and was U.S. Senator 1825-1826.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American StatesmenFinanceHome FurnishingsCongressGovernment and CivicsLawWeaponryMilitary HistoryMilitia

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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