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Bates, Edward (1793-1869) to G. Welles

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02490.01 Author/Creator: Bates, Edward (1793-1869) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 February 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: The recipient is possibly Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Bates, United States Attorney General, asks Welles to return an essay by Mr. Binney (possible Horace Binney) on the suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus. States "The work is in great demand, & somebody has hooked my last copy." Relates that he has been ill for several days.

People: Bates, Edward, 1793-1869.
Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878.
Binney, Horace, 1780-1875.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: American Statesmen, Civil War, Overseas Trade, Lincoln's Cabinet, Law, Civil Rights, Habeas Corpus, Immigration and Migration, Health and Medical, US Constitution

Sub Era: The American Civil War