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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to Levett Harris

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01644 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Brusells, Belgium Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 February 1815 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 25 x 20.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Thanks Harris, the United States Charge d'Affaires in Russia, for obtaining and sending Adams' passport while Adams attended peace negotiations in Ghent. Refers to European peace proceedings in Vienna, stating that "The late symptoms of a coalition between France and England are the strongest guaranty of the continuance of Peace." Informs Harris that his wife, Louisa Catherine Adams, is in charge of several financial transactions in Adams' absence.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
Harris, Levett, fl. 1815
Adams, Louisa Catherine, 1775-1852

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentWar of 1812DiplomacyTreatyImpeachmentGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyWomen's HistoryFinanceMarriage

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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