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Foster, Ephraim H. (1794-1854) to William Graham

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02800 Author/Creator: Foster, Ephraim H. (1794-1854) Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 July 1815 Pagination: 3 p. : address : docket ; 24.5 21 cm.

In this long, personal letter, Foster, a newly minted lawyer and former secretary to Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812, gets reacquainted with Graham, a childhood friend. Reflects nostalgically at the "halcyon days" of their youth and looks forward to a life of public service. Discusses the Tennessee gubernatorial race. Endorses Graham's plans to become a lawyer. Foster later served in the Tennessee house of representatives and the U.S. senate.

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