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Bradford, Alden (1765-1843) to Henry Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.09866 Author/Creator: Bradford, Alden (1765-1843) Place Written: Wiscasset, Maine Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 August 1800 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Mentions he was gratified that Miss [Lucy] Knox (Henry Knox's daughter) had a nice visit with them. Discusses the upcoming presidential election. Says he hopes the "Essex Jesuits" are unable to raise General [Charles Cotesworth?] [Pinckney] to the presidency. Comments the [Jesuits] party is not popular or influential. Expresses his desire for John Adams to be reelected and says Thomas Jefferson is the most dreaded candidate. Also discusses foreign politics and the issues with France and Britain.

People: Bradford, Alden, 1765-1843.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth, 1746-1825.
Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Women's History, Entertaining and Hospitality, President Election, Government and Civics, Politics, Federalists, Foreign Affairs, Global History and Civics, France

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