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Abbott, Nehemiah (1804-1877) to Francis P. Blair

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03209.02 Author/Creator: Abbott, Nehemiah (1804-1877) Place Written: Belfast, Maine Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 May 1857 Pagination: 1 p. : address : free frank ; 24.7 x 19.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Abbott, a Maine Representative, discusses the establishment of a Republican newspaper in Washington, D.C. Recommends George Melville Weston for the editorial position to Blair, former editor of The Globe, a Washington, D.C. newspaper.

Background Information: George Melville Weston was a lawyer, author, and editor of a Democratic newspaper in Augusta, Maine.

People: Abbott, Nehemiah, 1804-1877
Blair, Francis Preston, Jr., 1821-1875
Weston, George Melville, 1816-1887

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Letter of Introduction or RecommendationJournalismRepublican PartyWashington, D.C.

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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