Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Seward's Folly Defined for Doug









Find Doug's totally awesome website by clicking on the title to this post.


-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Pascover
To: DoreneMLorenz@aol.com
Sent: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 08:28:09 -0800
Subject: Re: looking for a guest spot

OK, ready for your close-up? Why don't you define Seward's Folly. I'm completely fascinated with your sites, by the way.


From: DoreneMLorenz
To: dpascover@mac.com
Subject: Re: looking for a guest spot
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 14:33:25 -0500

Seward's Folly - not getting a 25% handling fee when brokering a shady real estate transaction.

Just prior to the war, the United States agreed to purchase Alaska from Russia for $1.4 million. Secretary William Henry Seward needed to prevent England from breaking the blockade and declaring her sympathy for the Southern Confederacy. Seward dropped $5.8 million arranging for the Russian fleet to come to New York and San Francisco, a little muscle flexing that worked.

The costs were rolled together, and a check for $7,200,000 was made out to Russia for "the Alaska purchase." Nobody was the wiser. Only difference between Tony Soprano and William H. Seward is that Soprano doesn't forget to make worth his while.

For details see: http://dorenelorenz.blogspot.com/2006/01/revisionist-history.html

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