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Adee, Alvey Augustus (1842-1924) to the Diplomatic and Consular Officers of the United States

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03804.35 Author/Creator: Adee, Alvey Augustus (1842-1924) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 4 August 1899 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A typed form letter written on the letterhead of the Department of State. Written by Acting Secretary of State Adee to various diplomats and consular officers. Introduces retired Rear Admiral John G. Walker as President of the Isthmian Canal Commission, who is traveling abroad to make investigations to enable him to prepare a report on the feasibility of a canal to the President and Congress. The Department of State wants Walker to be given every proper official courtesy so his mission can succeed. Also includes a small printed map of the proposed canal routes through Nicaragua and Panama (7.5 x 11.8 cm).

People: Walker, John
Adee, Alvey Augustus, 1842-1924.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Progressive Era, Navy, Letter of Introduction or Recommendation, Diplomacy, Government and Civics, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Congress, President Canals, Panama Canal, Infrastructure, Latin and South America

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