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Cadwalader, George (d. 1884) to John Sherman

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08647 Author/Creator: Cadwalader, George (d. 1884) Place Written: Sacramento, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 December 1860 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 20.3 x 25.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Cadwalader, a Sacramento lawyer, discusses California politics with Sherman, a United State Senator from Ohio. Reports that the California presidential election will be held on the following day, with Lincoln holding a 134 count majority over Stephen A. Douglas. Referring to a different election, reports that James William Denver, a former United States Representative from California, "is the only person who can be elected." Discusses the postponement of an election in California in order to find a Republican associate for Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker, a United States Representative from Oregon. Reports on fantastic silver ore regions in California, and the need for overland mail, railroad, and telegraph. Closes by stating "It will give me great pleasure to be of service to you upon this Coast."

People: Cadwalader, George, d. 1884
Sherman, John, 1823-1900
Baker, Edward Dickinson, 1811-1861
Denver, James William, 1817-1892
Douglas, Stephen Arnold, 1813-1861
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentGovernment and CivicsPoliticsElectionAmerican WestRepublican PartyCongressMiningWestward ExpansionInfrastructureRailroadTelegraphPost Office

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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