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Latrobe, Benjamin Henry (1764-1820) to Thomas McKean

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04666 Author/Creator: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry (1764-1820) Place Written: Lancaster, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 September 1801 Pagination: 2 p. + addr 24 x 19.5 cm

Summary of Content: Mentions death and burial of his uncle, Colonel Frederic Antes, an upcoming meeting with the "Maryland Commissioners," and his vigorous prosecution of work on the Susquehanna River Survey (which is not mentioned by name). In August 1801, Governor of Pennsylvania McKean appointed Latrobe to survey the Susquehanna River, from Columbia to Tidewater, to determine what possible improvements could be made. In 1803, President Jefferson appointed Latrobe as surveyor of the public buildings in Washington, D.C.

People: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: DeathSurveyingInfrastructureGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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