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Jay, John (1745-1829) to American Counsel at Cadiz, Richard Harrison

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08391 Author/Creator: Jay, John (1745-1829) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 May 1781 Pagination: 1 p. + dockets

Summary of Content: Re: Current negotiations between United States and Spain, and ordering material to be used in clothing African-American laborers.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: American StatesmenGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsDiplomacyRevolutionary WarTreatyAfrican American HistorySlaveryClothing and Accessories

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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