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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Benjamin Rush

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00639.01 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 March 1809 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses Madison taking office, politics, national divisions.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813.
Madison, James, 1751-1836.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Politics, Holidays and Celebrations, Inauguration, France, Whigs, Federalists, Religion, Congress, Government and Civics, Classical World and Ancient Civilization, Literature and Language Arts, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison