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Gazette of the United States [Gazette of the United States; no. 45].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08759 Author/Creator: Gazette of the United States Place Written: New York, New York Type: Newspaper Date: 16 September 1789 Pagination: 4 p.

Summary of Content: Prints the debate on a permanent capital for the federal government. Contains a long speech by James Madison in favor of the Potomac River as a site for the capital. (See Pendleton-Madison correspondence, GLC00099.144?) Reports a copy of the act to establish the Treasury Department.

Background Information: 3

People: Madison, James, 1751-1836

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: BankingWashington, D.C.Government and CivicsPresidentCongressLaw

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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