JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, handwritten letter as President in which Adams refuses the opportunity to write a biographical sketch of his Father, 2nd President of the United States JOHN ADAMS. Adams also declines to give an opinion on the "politics" of the Senate race his rival and future President Martin Van Buren had just won.
An excellent handwritten letter from Adam's during his third year in office sent to Joseph Blunt, publisher of the "Annual American Register". In the letter Adams declines the opportunity to write the "biographical minutes" of his "deceased father", President John Adams who had passed away a year earlier in 1826. The second part of the letter regards "electioneering" in Albany, in reference to the 1827 state election for the U.S. Senate in which future President Martin Van Buren defeated Stephen Van Rensselaer. Quincy Adams is reluctant to divulge his opinion on the matter: "I write no Letters upon what is called Politics". Quincy Adams is seemingly restrained considering Van Buren had openly campaigned against Adams in the 1824 Presidential election.
CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC BY JSA (James Spence Authentication) EXPERT EXAMINATION. Sale includes original JSA Letter of Authenticity. GUARANTEED GENUINE - simply one of the finest JOHN QUINCY ADAMS documents available on the market.
Custom framed and archivally matted in the SIGNATURIST-INK Gallery style to handsome 14"x18" matte black frame with gold trim. Exquisite PH-neutral ivory mat and descriptive plaque. Framed with acid free backer all together under 98% UV-BLOCKING non-glare acrylic pane. Letter has been archivally mended along a separation of the center fold, previously mounted, lower three quarters tanned, areas of paper loss to right edge and bottom left corner.
The recipient Joseph Blunt published the Annual American Register, a compendium of information about history, significant figures, politics, and current events in the late 1820s and early 1830s.
Adams has written:
Joesph Blunt Esqr New York
Washington 20 March, 1827
I have received your letter of the 16th and I am glad to learn that your projected publication of an annual register is so far advanced - it would give me great pleasure to furnish you with the biographical minutes relating to my deceased father which you desire but I cannot undertake it for various considerations, upon which it is not necessary for me to enlarge – I enclose you a printed copy of a discourse delivered at his funeral of which I ask your acceptance, and from which you may perhaps glean something to your purpose. I hope the profits of your work may indemnify you for the trouble you have taken in compiling it; and I would not discourage you by the ill success of all former attempts of the same kind.
I shall be glad to receive the further communication which you promise of the result of your observations made during your recent attendance upon the court at Albany - I write no letters upon what is called politics - that is electioneering – but I listen with interest to whatever my friends say upon topics of public concern – if any of them are dissatisfied it would be a good office of friendship in them, not only to say so, but to specify the cause of their dissatisfaction, and to point out the means if any by which it might be removed – not less friendly would it be in them, thinking I have been deceived by some in whom I have placed confidence, to indicate the supposed deceivers, and the errors into which I have been led by trusting in them - I shall receive with candor and thankfulness whatever you deem it proper to say to me on the subject, and in the mean time, reman with great respect and regards your friend [signed] J. Q. Adams"
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