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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 reporting that the treaty is before the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations and expects a favorable decision
|22 February 1854
|Gadsden, James (1788-1858)
|Cripps, John S.
|Writes to his Secretary reporting that the treaty is before the Senate Committee of Foreign Relations and expects a favorable decision which he hopes will upset Ward. Recaps the road to their success but adds a few caveats relating to unwanted amendments to the treaty. Discusses the importance of keeping the people involved in the treaty process honest and why it is their duty to do it. Discusses the replacement of African slaves with tropical and Mexican Indian slaves. Mentions the inevitable possession of Cuba. Adds personal news. Postmarked 22 February, Washington, DC., and 17 March, possibly Acapulco.
|American Statesmen Government and Civics Treaty Diplomacy Latin and South America American West Mexican War Military History Politics Global History and Civics Slavery Caribbean Congress African American History
|Cripps, John S. (fl. 1820-1875) Gadsden, James (1788-1858)
|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