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Madison, James (1751-1836) Commission of the Brig "Grand Turk" (clerical copy)

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08570 Author/Creator: Madison, James (1751-1836) Place Written: Washington Type: Broadside Date: January 28, 1813 Pagination: 1 p. + 2 engravings ; b&w ; 23.5 x 15.6 cm

Copy signed for Madison and Monroe by a clerk. Two bust engravings of James Madison included as collateral.

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

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