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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) to Gov. of Virginia re: transmitting acts of Congress

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06712 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Letter signed Date: 1792/05/21 Pagination: 2 p. 23.4 x 19.4 cm

Summary of Content: Acts involve land grants, protection of frontiers, militias, debt relief, duties on spirits, national defense, altering Treasury and War Departments, copper coinage, governing territories, etc.

Background Information:

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentGovernment and CivicsLawCongressLand TransactionFrontiers and ExplorationMilitary HistoryMilitiaAlcoholFinanceDebtMerchants and TradeCommerceCoins and CurrencyWestward Expansion

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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