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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of letters to John Cripps, General Gadsden's Secretary
|James Gadsden to John Cripps discussing the work that needs to be done with regards to the government and people of Mexico
|18 July 1857
|Gadsden, James (1788-1858)
|Cripps, John S.
|Writes to his Secretary after receiving what he feels is a short and objective letter regarding the state of affairs in Mexico. Discusses the work that needs to be done with regards to the government and people of that country. Fears that the new government will prevent harmony in Mexico. Imprint illegible.
|Government and Civics Politics Latin and South America Global History and Civics Diplomacy American Statesmen
|Cripps, John S. (fl. 1820-1875) Gadsden, James (1788-1858)
|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. Cripps was General Gadsden's Secretary and a sawyer by profession.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859