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Lee, Robert E. (1807-1870) to John MacKay

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07755 Author/Creator: Lee, Robert E. (1807-1870) Place Written: Arlington, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 February 1843 Pagination: 4 p. 25.2 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Comments on MacKay's improving health and gives additional advice. Discusses congressional appropriations, reductions in budgets and appointments, and politics in Washington, D.C. at length. Mentions that the Oregon Bill, which expansionist President James K. Polk supported in his campaign, passed the Senate but had a doubtful fate in the House. Lee was then the Superintending Engineer for Fort Hamilton in New York Harbor. Delays and changes in congressional appropriations threatened his improvement projects. MacKay was Lee's closest friend during his days at West Point. He served in the Artillery and the Engineers in Georgia.

Background Information:

People: Lee, Robert E., 1807-1870
MacKay, John, 1805-1849

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Confederate General or LeaderPoliticsGovernment and CivicsCongressWestward ExpansionPresidentMilitary HistoryInfrastructure

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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