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Madison, Dolley (1768-1849) to James Madison

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01812 Author/Creator: Madison, Dolley (1768-1849) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 December 1827 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 25 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Dates letter Thursday. Discusses President John Quincy Adams' State of the Union Address before Congress on 4 December 1827 and comments that it did not move her either negatively or positively. Observes that some may be critical of it because he persists in his conviction that it will be advantageous to be represented at the Congress in Panama. Continues the letter on Friday and states that she just received Madison's letter. Discusses the welfare and happenings of friends. Reports that Henry Conway died after a drinking spell. Continues on Saturday and writes a little about her day. On Sunday she reports, "All's well. I have not time to copy or revise my letter so do not look at the spelling but throw it into the fire." Free franked by Dolley Madison and addressed to her husband at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, where he was rector. Docketed in his hand. Date from docket.

Background Information: The Latin American republics, formerly Spanish colonies, convened a congress in Panama to promote relations in the western hemisphere. John Q. Adams wanted to send delegates but southern congressmen objected ...because the Latin American countries had outlawed slavery. They also did not want white Americans to mix, on the same level, with foreigners of other races.See More

People: Madison, Dolley, 1768-1849
Madison, James, 1751-1836
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: First LadyWomen's HistoryPresidentPresidential Speeches and ProclamationsCongressGovernment and CivicsLatin and South AmericaGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyAlcoholDeathHealth and MedicalAfrican American HistorySlavery

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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