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Gadsden, James (1788-1858) to John Cripps

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03587.08 Author/Creator: Gadsden, James (1788-1858) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 February 1854 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Annoyed with his Secretary regarding the conference notes he has been expecting since possibly March 1853 (see GLC03587.01 and .07). He has exposed Ward, and President Pierce has taken Gadsden's side. Gadsden is only disappointed that the provision regarding "the grant" has not been struck from the treaty, even after Ward had been outed. Rants about Ward being obtuse and treacherous and includes his thoughts on others' betrayals. Included clipping rebuts the rumor that Cripps became Gadsden's Secretary and Minister to Mexico because they were related. No postmark. Imprint in upper left corner depicts a building above "Southworth."

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, Land Transaction, Children and Family, Corruption and Scandal

Sub Era: Age of Jackson