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Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell) (1821-1875) to Ernie and Morton

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05007.01 Author/Creator: Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell) (1821-1875) Place Written: Lexington, Kentucky Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 August 1860 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Vice President and Presidential candidate Breckinridge updates two individuals from New York City on his progress regarding an upcoming speech. States "I have not as yet even made a note ... It would be better, perhaps, if we were more accustomed in the west to carefull written preparation."

People: Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Politics, Election, Government and Civics, Vice President

Sub Era: Age of Jackson