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MACKAY, Alexander, journalist, born in Scotland in 1808; died at sea in 1849. He was a member of the London press, and in the interest of the "Morning Chronicle" visited the United States in 1846 to report the debates in congress on the Ore-yon question. He subsequently was sent as commissioner to India by the merchants of Manchester to investigate the capabilities of that country for an increased cultivation of cotton, but died on the voyage home. He published "The Western World, or Travels through the United States in 1846-'7" (London, 1849), which the London "Spectator" described as the " most complete work published on the United States," and a posthumous work entitled " Western India," which was edited by James Robertson (1853).
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