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CollectionPierpont Morgan Library: Gilder Lehrman Collection view image
Document Information
Date August 11, 1799
Author Name George Washington (primary) Location: Mount Vernon
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Washington thanks McHenry for forwarding a copy of J.B. Bordley's Essays and Notes on Husbandry (1799). Discusses the complications of international politics, the Convention of 1800, and allegations of bribery by the editor of the Aurora (newspaper).
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; George Washington; John Beale Bordley; Democrats; Ambassadors; President of the United States; editor; William Duane; Consul General; Stephens; Dr. Edward Stevens; President; John Adams; enemies of government; ;
Related Places Mount Vernon; Europe; France; Great Britain; Russia; Seat of Government; ;
Keywords private letter; Essays on Husbandry; diplomatic skills; Aurora; newspaper; nomination; appointment; declarations; bribery; punishment; allegations; coffee; breach of trust; low price; absence; ;
Key Phrases purchase of coffee and breach of trust; taking advantage of his official knowledge to monopolise the article at a low price; wisemen of the east have got yourselves in a hobble; present state of matters in Europe; disgrace yourself in the acceptance of a paltry bribe; there can be no medium between the reward & punishment of an Editor, who shall publish such things as Duane has been doing for sometime past

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