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Gadsden, James (1788-1858) to John Cripps

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03587.07 Author/Creator: Gadsden, James (1788-1858) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 January 1854 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes to his Secretary regarding an upcoming reception at which he does not want to be present. Forwards a letter from J.B. Crocket of San Francisco (not included) who he wants Cripps to assist in deciphering a grant. Is still awaiting the notes from a conference Cripps was to send and explains that he may need to "make war" with Ward, using the notes as leverage. Mentions an upcoming interview with President Pierce and is concerned about his silence on the breach of trust, the center of which Gadsden believes is Ward and his cohorts. Promises that he and his treaty "will stand erect" throughout this ordeal. Wax seal intact. Postmarked 5 February, Washington, D.C. Imprint in upper left corner depicts a capitol building.

People: Cripps, John S., fl. 1820-1875.
Gadsden, James, 1788-1858.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: American Statesmen, Government and Civics, Treaty, Diplomacy, Latin and South America, American West, Mexican War, Military History, Politics, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Entertaining and Hospitality, Land Transaction, President Corruption and Scandal, Architecture, Washington, D.C., Government and Civics

Sub Era: Age of Jackson