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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) [Presidential proclamation requiring potential insurgents against the Embargo Act at Lake Champlain to disperse peaceably]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07541 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 19 April 1808 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 40 x 25.5 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07541 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 19 April 1808 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 40 x 25.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Countersigned by James Madison. With white paper seal. In an effort to enforce the Embargo Act in New England, Jefferson warns all who do not disperse that officers will be ordered to "subdue such insurrections or combinations, to seize upon all those therein concerned...and to deliver them over to the civil authority of the place to be proceeded against according to law." Resistance to embargo on the Canadian border at Lake Champlain was so strong that the national government had to equip vessels and send troops there to maintain authority.

Background Information:

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Madison, James, 1751-1836

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Presidential Speeches and ProclamationsPresidentRebellionEmbargoMobs and RiotsCommerceMerchants and TradeLawGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsCanada

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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