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Rush, Benjamin to Mr. Fitssimons

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07874 Author/Creator: Rush, Benjamin Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1790/02/19 Pagination: 3 p. + docket 20 x 16.4 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07874 Author/Creator: Rush, Benjamin Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1790/02/19 Pagination: 3 p. + docket 20 x 16.4 cm

Summary of Content: Regarding funding act of 1790 (supported by Mr. Fitssimons, opposed by Rush). Speaking of "future acts of injustice," Rush remarks that: "Your funding System is to be one of them, and however much it may be gilded by the splendid and imposing names of honourable policy, it will rank hereafter with the murder of the innocent inhabitants of South America by the Spaniards-with the Slavery of the Africans by our Southern States, and with the ravages committed by Great Britain upon prosperty & life in America during the War....They all have left a stain upon our Country & upon human nature. I feel so much hurt at the indignity done by your proposed act to justice & humanity that I now wish I had never consented to any one act of the revolution."

People: Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American StatesmenRevolutionary WarFinanceGovernment and CivicsLawGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsMassacreAfrican American HistorySlaveryWartime Pillaging and DestructionEconomicsAtrocity

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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