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Collection Reference Number GLC00260
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1850 
Title James Buchanan, to Robert Tyler discussing the Wilmot Proviso
Date 25 February 1850
Author Buchanan, James (1791-1868)  
Recipient Tyler, Robert  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description Discusses the Compromise of 1850, the Wilmot Proviso, which he notes "is dead," and the issue of California statehood as it relates to slavery. Notes some of the measures that might make sectional compromise possible. Indicates his belief that Congress will pass a fugitive slave law. Speculates that California could be admitted along with one of the states from the land won in the Mexican War. Also writes that he has "been maturing a project for the settlement of the Slavery question." Docketed: "As to the Union Question." Marked as "Private."
Subjects African American History  Slavery  Statehood  President  Fugitive Slave Act  Congress  Runaway Slave  Westward Expansion  Mexican War  Politics  Missouri Compromise  
People Buchanan, James (1791-1868)  Tyler, Robert (1816-1877)  
Place written Wheatland, Pennsylvania
Theme African Americans; Government & Politics; Slavery & Abolition; Westward Expansion; The Mexican War
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Robert Tyler, son of John Tyler, was a leader in the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania and promoted the political career of James Buchanan. When the Civil War broke out, a mob attacked his home in Philadelphia, and he fled to Virginia, where he served as register of the Treasury of the Confederacy.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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