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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Benjamin Rush

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00747 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 December 1805 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes concerning his and George Washington's administrations by referring to those "melancholly books" such as "Tully's Memoirs" and "Cicero's Life" from which he compares the first and second triumvirates to Hamilton's "Schemes, to get rid of Washington, Adams, Jay and Jefferson, and monopolise all power to him Self."

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813.
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804.
Jay, John
Thomas Jefferson

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Classical World and Ancient Civilization, Corruption and Scandal, Politics, Government and Civics, Health and Medical, Education Revolutionary War, Battle, Battle of Yorktown, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, France, Ballooning

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison