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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to Joseph Gales, Jr.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01194 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 September 1838 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 25.5 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Previously received one hundred copies of a pamphlet, sent by a Mr. Franklin. Only recently had time to revise it, and transmits his corrections. Notes that he will free frank the pamphlets, saving Mr. Franklin the trouble. The Executive Committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society at New York recently asked for permission to print an edition of a speech Adams gave the previous summer. Adams notes that since there is no copyright, "it may be reprinted by any one who may think it worth his while."

Background Information: Gales, British by birth, was editor and co-owner of the National Intelligencer in Washington, D.C., for most of his life. He was also Mayor of Washington D.C. 1827-1830.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
Gales, Joseph, 1786-1860
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistoryPresidentPrintingAbolitionAfrican American HistorySlaveryReform MovementJournalism

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