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Madison, James (1751-1836) to Robert R. Livingston re: Louisiana Purchase negotiations [in code]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07466 Author/Creator: Madison, James (1751-1836) Place Written: Washington Type: Letter signed Date: 1803/07/29 Pagination: 2 p. 25 x 20.3 cm

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Summary of Content: Madison instructs Livingston and James Monroe to research precise boundaries of Florida during Louisiana Purchase negotiations. Portions of the letter are written in a numeric code.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Madison, James, 1751-1836

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentLouisiana PurchaseWestward ExpansionLand TransactionSurveyingDiplomacyGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsFrance

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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