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Dodge, Amite (fl. 1802) to Tobias Lear re: rumors of a covert deal for gun powder

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.049 Author/Creator: Dodge, Amite (fl. 1802) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1802/06/09 Pagination: 2 p. + address 19.2 x 8.5 cm

Summary of Content: Dodge expresses concern that Americans were making covert deals for powder. "[A] letter has been intercepted from [illegible] to some of his friends here in which he says, By all means comply with the agreemt. with the Americans for Powder . . . . This is in every body's mouth." Docketed on address leaf.

Background Information: Notes: Dodge is most likely writing from the island of Santo Domingo.

Full Transcript: [illegible] June 9. 1802.

Tobias Lear Esq.

Dear Friend

Altho' I wrote you yesterday at length, I cannot miss the present opport[unit]y by Mr. Talbot to give you the news ...of the day.

Toussaint is embark'd for France with a great many other famous characters, but what is of much more consequence to the americans is a report in circulation since yesterday that a Letter has been intercepted from Toust. to some of his friends here in which he says, By all means comply with the agreemt. with the americans for Powder, in words to the same effect.

This is in every body's mouth but was not wanted to make their hatred for us & our Govrmt. equal to any description that can be given of it.

I have not written to the S. of S. not having yet rec'd any answer to present Letters & being extremely desirous to know whether any [2] Communications on my part is desired - of course you will repeat any thing which my Letters may contain of consequence to the Govrmt.

In great haste [I] remain with Great regard your obliged friend & Obedient servant
U Dodge


Tobias Lear Esqr
City of Washington
Mr. Talbot


Unite Dodge Esq.
9 June 1802
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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: CaribbeanGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAmmunitionCommerceMerchants and TradeSlave RebellionSlaverySmuggling

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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