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Gadsden, James (1788-1858) to John Cripps

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03587.22 Author/Creator: Gadsden, James (1788-1858) Place Written: Mexico Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 November 1856 Pagination: 4 p. ; 25.1 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Upset with his Secretary because he has not returned to Mexico to surrender their posts. Adds that Mrs. Monk (Cripps' mother) is beside herself and that he has offered to be her protector in Mexico and will not abandon her. Writes that he has had to deal with his personal business on his own and reports having to wrestle his furniture away from Mr. Baranda, who Gadsden claims was trying to rob him. Discusses the process of surrendering documents and the sale of his possessions. Discusses learning of his wife's death on 8 October, just after he had sent her a letter describing how liberating it was to be free of government work. Actual place written is illegible. Imprint in upper left corner reads "[illegible] Mayor, MGB, en Mexico."

Background Information: Gadsden was a railroad promoter and advocated a Southern rail system, the purpose of which would be to control the trade of the South and the West, thereby freeing those ...regions from their dependency on the North. To further this end he promoted Southern commercial conventions, and at a convention in 1845 he boldly urged the construction of a railroad to the Pacific. In 1853, when Jefferson Davis was Secretary of War in Pierce's cabinet, Gadsden was appointed minister to Mexico to negotiate for territory along the border. The result was the Gadsden Purchase. He was recalled in 1856 for exceeding his instructions. Cripps was General Gadsden's Secretary and a sawyer by profession.See More

People: Gadsden, James, 1788-1858
Cripps, John S., fl. 1820-1875

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Government and CivicsPoliticsDiplomacyLatin and South AmericaGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyWomen's HistoryFinanceHome FurnishingsDeathMarriageAmerican Statesmen

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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