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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Charles Storer

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08080 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 March 1791 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Recalling the Boston Massacre, also his defense of Constitution: "Equal laws cannot be preserved without there independent orders forming a mutual balance."

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Storer, Charles, 1761-1829.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President, Government and Civics, State Constitution, US Constitution, Boston Massacre, Massacre, Revolutionary War, Vice President

Sub Era: The Early Republic