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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of letters to John Cripps, General Gadsden's Secretary
|James Gadsden to J.T. Leguarenne Writes regarding the delivery of Cayuacan
|9 January 1858
|Gadsden, James (1788-1858)
|Writes regarding the delivery of Cayuacan. Would like Leguarenne to act in his interests in this last of his affairs in Mexico. Postmarked 8 January (differs from Gadsden's dating), Charleston, South Carolina. Includes a ten-cent paid stamp. Imprint in upper left corner depicts a coat of arms.
|American Statesmen Government and Civics Treaty Diplomacy Latin and South America American West Mexican War Military History Politics Global History and Civics
|Gadsden, James (1788-1858) Leguarenne, J.T. (fl. 1858)
|Charleston, South Carolina
|Government & Politics; The Mexican War
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Gadsden was a railroad promoter and advocated a Southern rail system, the purpose of which would be to control the trade of the South and the West, thereby freeing those regions from their dependency on the North. To further this end he promoted Southern commercial conventions, and at a convention in 1845 he boldly urged the construction of a railroad to the Pacific. In 1853, when Jefferson Davis was Secretary of War in Pierce's cabinet, Gadsden was appointed minister to Mexico to negotiate for territory along the border. The result was the Gadsden Purchase. He was recalled in 1856 for exceeding his instructions.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859