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Carroll, Charles (1737-1832) to James McHenry

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00374 Author/Creator: Carroll, Charles (1737-1832) Place Written: Annapolis, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 December 1796 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: In response to McHenry's letter of 9 December 1796, which commented on Washington's last State of the Union address of 7 December 1796. Carroll, a member of the Maryland Senate, was particularly pleased with the condemnation of Pierre Adet, the French Minister to the United States. Adet was ordered by his government to encourage dissent and revolution after America refused to join the French in their wars in Europe. Discusses the presidential election and conjectures that Thomas Pinckney of South Carolina will win if the northern electors voted for him. Says a Pinckney Administration would be more accepted than an Adams Administration. Ultimately hopes peace will prevail with France.


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Presidential Speeches and Proclamations, France, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Election, Politics, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The Early Republic