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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Benjamin Rush re: support for US in War of 1812

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06742 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1812/07/07 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writing from retirement, Adams writes to his friend Rush on a variety of topics, especially the War of 1812. This letter was written one month after the United States declared war on Great Britain. "I believe with you that Wars are the natural and unavoidable Effect of the constitution of human Nature and the fabric of the globe is destined to inhabit and to rule. I believe further that wars, at times, are as necessary to the preservation and perfection, the Prosperity, Liberty, Happiness, Virtue and independence of Nations as Gales of Winds to the Salubrity of the Atmosphere...." Adams also suggests that projects for universal peace are little better than "Short Sighted frivolous Romances." Adams supported the war.

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

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President, Military History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, War of 1812, Peace, Vice President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison