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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) to Nahum Capen

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02658 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: London, England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 April 1854 Pagination: 2 p. ; 22.5 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses Capen's book, The History of Democracy, and mentions people to whom he has sent it, including members of the press who have responded favorably to it. Comments that although he is doing well in England, he is looking forward to the end of his mission so that he may return home. Written as Minister to Great Britain on stationary printed with "Legation of The United States. London." With later typewritten copy of the letter.

People: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
Capen, Nahum, 1804-1886

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentLiterature and Language ArtsGovernment and CivicsJournalismGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyDiplomacy

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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