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Collection Reference Number GLC07874
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1790 
Title Benjamin Rush to Mr. Fitssimons about a funding act
Date 19 February 1790
Author Rush, Benjamin (1746-1813)  
Recipient Fitssimons, Mr.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Regarding funding act of 1790 (supported by Mr. Fitssimons, opposed by Rush). Speaking of "future acts of injustice," Rush remarks that: "Your funding System is to be one of them, and however much it may be gilded by the splendid and imposing names of honourable policy, it will rank hereafter with the murder of the innocent inhabitants of South America by the Spaniards-with the Slavery of the Africans by our Southern States, and with the ravages committed by Great Britain upon prosperty & life in America during the War....They all have left a stain upon our Country & upon human nature. I feel so much hurt at the indignity done by your proposed act to justice & humanity that I now wish I had never consented to any one act of the revolution."
Subjects American Statesmen  Revolutionary War  Finance  Government and Civics  Law  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Massacre  African American History  Slavery  Wartime Pillaging and Destruction  Economics  Atrocity  
People Rush, Benjamin (1746-1813)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme Government & Politics; Creating a New Government; The Presidency; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Foreign Affairs; Banking & Economics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859