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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Catharine Macaulay

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01787 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 December 1773 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams predicts a breach between America and Britain and writes that "Nothing, but equal Liberty and kind Treatment can Secure the Attachment of the Colonies to Britain." He argues that London's "Experiments" in public revenue will open trade to the Dutch or "will erect an independent Empire in America."

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Macaulay, Catharine, 1731-1791.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President Government and Civics, Revolutionary War, Women's History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Literature and Language Arts, Civil Rights, Freedom and Independence, Taxes or Taxation, Economics, Finance, Commerce, Merchants and Trade

Sub Era: Road to Revolution