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New York as the Seat of Government
Letter from a gentleman in New York City
Letter from a gentleman in New York City,
March 4, 1789
(Portland, Maine Cumberland Gazette,
March 19, 1789 --
Courtesy of the Maine Historical Society)

This letter, probably written by Rep. George Thatcher of Maine, describes New York's welcome for the Congress and illustrates how the Federalists used the press to build support for and confidence in the new government.


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