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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Benjamin Rush

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06016 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Braintree, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 November 1779 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams believes that there should be an article in the Declaration of Rights securing free speech, impartiality and independence at the bar because everyone deserves a fair trial. He also discusses his recent appointment and that of Mr. Dana.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813.
Dana, Francis, 1743-1811.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President, Continental Congress, Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence, Government and Civics, Bill of Rights, Civil Rights, Law, Congress, Vice President

Sub Era: The War for Independence