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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Benjamin Rush re: their sons, 1812 presidential politics

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03100 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 May 1812 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A very philosophical letter discussing mankind and nature's bellicosity. He also mentions his preference for Elbridge Gerry over John Langdon for vice president

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

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Philosophy, Children and Family, Vice President, Election, Politics, War of 1812, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison