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Shaler, William Diary as secret US agent at New Orleans, Natchitoches, La., Washington, etc.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05246.01 Author/Creator: Shaler, William Place Written: [various places] Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 1811-1812 Pagination: 1 v. 33.7 x 20.9 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05246.01 Author/Creator: Shaler, William Place Written: [various places] Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 1811-1812 Pagination: 1 v. 33.7 x 20.9 cm

Summary of Content: Shaler served as Madison and Monroe's secret agent in Louisiana on the Texas border. He was instructed to try to encourage revolution in Texas against Spanish and Mexican authority. At the same time, all of his activities had to be deniable. His letters and reflections, contained in the first two volumes (.01-.02), describe his relations with revolutionaries and other agents, his meetings with the President and his observations on power and spheres of influence. The letter copies have been published from the originals in the National Archives, but the diary portions and observations on power in Latin America have not been published.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentGovernment and CivicsTexasWestward ExpansionAmerican WestRebellionLatin and South AmericaSpyingGlobal History and CivicsForeign Affairs

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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