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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) to John Serretta

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02776 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Letter signed Date: 21 November 1846 Pagination: 3 p. ; 27 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Denies three Mexican priests serving in the United States permission to aid their colleagues in Mexico. Suggests that the priests try traveling with a neutral ship. Signed as Secretary of State during the Mexican War. Impression in upper left corner reads "Bath Superfine."

People: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
Serretta, John, fl. 1846
Blanc, Anthony, 1792-1860

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Mexican WarReligionGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGovernment and CivicsCatholicismNeutralityLatin and South AmericaPresident

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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