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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Benjamin Rush re: economic policy, declaration of war

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07306 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1812/06/24-26 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "The prudence of an individual is the policy of a nation. Self preservation is the first law of nature to both...France, under Washington's administration, had in defiance of all laws human and divine, plundered our commerce in every sin in Europe and the West Indies...a plan was laid...which looked forward with a prudent foresight to the defence and preservation of the country...who destroyed this system? The Congress of the Nineteeth Century who by repealing the taxes, have emptied their treasury? Who by mud docking my navy have disarmed themselves at sea?...June 26. War! War! War! Sure enough, whose 'Profligacy' is this? Whose 'Mad Ambition?' An alien law will now be wanted..." Docketed by Rush.

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

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President, Politics, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Military History, War of 1812, France, Commerce, Merchants and Trade, Caribbean, Congress, Taxes or Taxation, Navy, Vice President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison