Gadsden, James (1788-1858) to John Cripps
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03587.08
Author/Creator: Gadsden, James (1788-1858)
Place Written: Washington, D.C.
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 5 February 1854
Pagination: 4 p. : address : clipping ; 25.4 x 20 cm.
Summary of Content: Annoyed with his Secretary regarding the conference notes he has been expecting since possibly March 1853 (see GLC03587.01 and .07). He has exposed Ward, and President Pierce has taken Gadsden’s side. Gadsden is only disappointed that the provision regarding ”the grant” has not been struck from the treaty, even after Ward had been outed. Rants about Ward being obtuse and treacherous and includes his thoughts on others’ betrayals. Included clipping rebuts the rumor that Cripps became Gadsden’s Secretary and Minister to Mexico because they were related. No postmark. Imprint in upper left corner depicts a building above ”Southworth.”
Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860
Keywords/Subjects: American Statesmen;, Government and Civics;, Treaty;, Diplomacy;, Latin and South America;, American West;, Mexican War;, Military History;, Politics;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Land Transaction;, Children and Family;, Corruption and Scandal;
Sub Era: Age of Jackson
Background: Gadsden was a railroad promoter and advocated a Southern rail system, the purpose of which would be to control the trade of the South and the West, thereby freeing those regions from their dependency on the North. To further this end he promoted Southern commercial conventions, and at a convention in 1845 he boldly urged the construction of a railroad to the Pacific. In 1853, when Jefferson Davis was Secretary of War in Pierce’s cabinet, Gadsden was appointed minister to Mexico to negotiate for territory along the border. The result was the Gadsden Purchase. He was recalled in 1856 for exceeding his instructions. Cripps was General Gadsden’s Secretary and a sawyer by profession.
LOC Search Terms: Political corruption--United States., United States--Politics and government--1815-1861., Gadsden Purchase--Negotiation--Mexico., Mexico. Treaties, etc. United States, 1853 Dec. 30.Order Image