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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Benjamin Lincoln

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07101 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 November 1793 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams as vice president to Lincoln after his unsuccessful mission to make peace with the Northwest Indians. Says he read with interest Lincoln's report on why peace was not achieved. Says the report fits with the facts he learned while in Europe and that he has not "the least difficulty in believing that you have develloped the true Causes of the Continuance of the Indian War." Praises America's policy of neutrality toward the European powers and says "while they are exhausted I hope we are safe." Says he is jealous of the English-Spanish alliance and would like to be able to work with France in an alliance to be just as powerful, but this he claims is "impossible."

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Lincoln, Benjamin

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Vice President, President, American Indian History, Diplomacy, Northwest Territory, Northwest Indian War, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Neutrality, France

Sub Era: The Early Republic