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Van Rensselaer, Stephen (1764-1839) to George W. Featherstonhaugh

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02505.40 Author/Creator: Van Rensselaer, Stephen (1764-1839) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 December 1824 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 25 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Asks about acquiring "a quantity of tares" and mentions that "poor [Henry] Clay is quite low-spirited." Van Rensselaer cast the deciding ballot for John Quincy Adams in the 1825 House vote for President (1824 election) held shortly after this letter was written.

Background Information: George W. Featherstonhaugh was a geologist and traveler.

People: Van Rensselaer, Stephen, 1764-1839
Featherstonhaugh, George William, 1780-1866

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: American StatesmenPoliticsCommerceMerchants and TradeElectionPresidentGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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