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Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) to Nathan Appleton

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03635 Author/Creator: Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 7 Jaunary 1881 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Former President Grant replies to a letter received 27 December 1880 from Boston lawyer Nathan Appleton. States that all investments in the construction of the Panama Canal under European management will be "sunk without any return to the investors ... to say nothing of the human lives that would be sacrificed in its construction."

People: Appleton, Nathan, fl. 1881.
Grant, Ulysses Simpson, 1822-1885.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: President, Canals, Infrastructure, Latin and South America, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Death, Finance, Panama Canal

Sub Era: Empire Building The Gilded Age