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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) to unknown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04575 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 February 1849 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25.4 x 20.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Obliges recipient's request to be introduced to Colonel Fremont and General Smith if he decides to travel to California. Assures him that the reports of abundant gold resources are true. Buchanan is unable to suggest the best route to California over land, but suggests taking a boat to Chagres, Panama, and crossing the isthmus to board the steamer for San Francisco.

Background Information:

People: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Letter of Introduction or RecommendationAmerican WestFrontiers and ExplorationGold RushMiningSteamboatTravelTransportationPresidentLatin and South America

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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