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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 telling him that the treaty is still being decided on, and ranting about the way things should be done
|22 March 1854
|Gadsden, James (1788-1858)
|Cripps, John S.
|Tells his Secretary that the treaty is still being decided upon by the Committee on Foreign Relations and hopes for a speedy decision. Rants about politics and opines as to the way things should be done. Discusses personal news. Postmarked 22 March, Washington, DC., and 5 April, Vera Cruz, Mexico. Imprint in upper left corner depicts a capitol building surrounded by "Congress, Platmer & Smith."
|American Statesmen Government and Civics Treaty Diplomacy Latin and South America American West Mexican War Military History Politics Global History and Civics Congress Architecture Washington, D.C.
|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