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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) to John Jay re: Jean-Antoine Hudon and bust of George Washington

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07558 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1785/10/26 Pagination: 2 p. + doc 25.4 x 18.3 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07558 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1785/10/26 Pagination: 2 p. + doc 25.4 x 18.3 cm

Summary of Content: "To take the bust of General Washington, in order to make his statue for that state [i.e., Virginia]... he is of the first reputation in his profession, and has a great share of the ambition I admire in an artist."

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Jay, John, 1745-1829

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American StatesmenPresidentArt, Music, Theater, and FilmFrance

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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