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Adams, John (1735-1826) To Benjamin Rush

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08023 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy, [M.A.] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: September 1807 ca. Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Scathing assessment of Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Lafayette. "Washington had great advantages for obtaining Credence. He possessed a great Fortune, immense Lands, many Slaves, an excellent Consort, no Children."

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834.
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Rush, Benjamin

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: American Statesmen, Presidents Discussing Presidents, President, Women's History, First Lady, Revolutionary War General, African American History, Slavery, Politics, Vice President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison