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Gerry, James T. (1797-1854) to Elbridge T. Gerry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09099.08 Author/Creator: Gerry, James T. (1797-1854) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 February 1853 Pagination: 4 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Gives advice to his young nephew and relates stories from his travels at sea. Encourages Elbridge to read and learn in coming years to "lay a foundation which will influence all your future prospects." Describes the city of Pensacola, which he is not fond of, and its weather. Mentions his encounters with yellow fever, and inquires how the holidays went in New York.

James T. Gerry was a United States Naval Captain. He was the son of Elbridge Gerry, the fifth Vice President of the United States.
Elbridge T. Gerry founded the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and worked on various other humanitarian causes. He was the grandson of Elbridge Gerry, the fifth Vice President of the United States.

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