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Collection Reference Number GLC02763.04
From Archive Folder Five letters re: the Panama Canal 
Title John Walker to Thomas Gibbons regarding the construction of a panama canal
Date 12 January 1904
Author Walker, John Grimes (1835-1907)  
Recipient Gibbons, Thomas  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Thanks Gibbons for his gift of a smoking jacket as a "New Year's remembrance." Describes his enjoyable visit to the Isthmus during November and December. Discusses the new republic of Panama, recently declared independent from Colombia, and proclaims it "fairly on its feet." Comments, "A good deal of opposition [to the canal treaty] has developed [in the Senate], all caused by a desire of the Democrats to make political points to be used in the next Presidential canvass against Mr. Roosevelt and the Republican party." Believes the treaty will ultimately be ratified, perhaps in early February. Concludes that he and his family are all well, and Captain Staunton is well, and sends his good wishes.
Subjects Progressive Era  Panama Canal  Canals  Infrastructure  Treaty  Global History and Civics  Latin and South America  Navy  Global History and Civics  Gift  Clothing and Accessories  Holidays and Celebrations  Freedom and Independence  Democratic Party  Politics  Republican Party  President    
People Walker, John Grimes (1835-1907)  Gibbons, Thomas (fl. 1902)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Naval & Maritime; Science, Technology, Invention
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Additional Information John Grimes Walker (1835-1907) was a distinguished Union naval veteran of the Civil War. He was appointed President of the Isthmian Canal Commission in 1899. Prior research suggests that Gibbons served in the Department of State.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945