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Collection Reference Number GLC02803
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1814 
Title Ephraim H. Foster to William Graham discussing his plans to move to Nashville and the burning of Washington D.C. by the British
Date 21 September 1814
Author Foster, Ephraim Hubbard (1794-1854)  
Recipient Graham, William  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Foster writes to a childhood friend. Tells Graham of recently becoming a lawyer, his drive to succeed, and his plans to live in Nashville in order to "avoid a life of disagreeable solitude, in an insignificant country village." Dramatically reacts to the burning of Washington, D.C., describing the stakes of the War of 1812 as "our Liberty, our Independence, our national existence." Sees a possible benefit, if America's wounded pride galvanizes support for the war. Reports news about their acquaintances. Foster was a secretary to Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812 and later served in the Tennessee house of representatives and the U.S. senate.
Subjects War of 1812  Friendship  Law  Immigration and Migration  Global History and Civics  Wartime Pillaging and Destruction  Washington, D.C.  Freedom and Independence  Military History  
People Foster, Ephraim Hubbard (1794-1854)  Graham, William P. (fl. 1814-1815)  Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  
Place written Nashville, Tennessee
Theme War of 1812; Law; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859