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Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) to Charles Cutts

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03240 Author/Creator: Gerry, Elbridge (1744-1814) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 June 1812 Pagination: 3 p. ; 24.9 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Near the beginning of the outbreak of the War of 1812, Gerry describes and criticizes Federalist politics as an attempt "to place in the executive departments of the Nation & States, men devoted to the interest & Government of Great Britain." Written the day after he was notified of his nomination for Vice President. Cutts was a New Hampshire senator.

People: Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Cutts, Charles, 1769-1846

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FederalistsPoliticsGovernment and CivicsWar of 1812Global History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyElectionVice President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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