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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to Louis De Onis

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02403 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Letter signed Date: 22 April 1818 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 33 x 19.5 cm.

Adams, Secretary of State, informs Onis, Minister Plenipotentiary from Spain, of the troubled travels of American William Davis Robinson in Mexico. States that Robinson was imprisoned after surrendering to Spanish authorities in Playa Vincente; following his surrender, the United States appealed to Spain to release him. Requests Robinson's immediate release. This document is fragile and slightly torn in the creases in page two.

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