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Adair, John (1757-1840) to Horace Holley

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02497.01 Author/Creator: Adair, John (1757-1840) Place Written: Frankfort, Kentucky Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 April 1821 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Kentucky Governor Adair regrets that commitments make it impossible for him to attend an exhibition at Transylvania University on 7 April 1821 to which Holley, the university's president, had invited him.

People: Holley, Horace, 1781-1827.
Adair, John, 1757-1840.
Transylvania University

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Education Holidays and Celebrations, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform