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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Dr. Benjamin Rush

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00704 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 April 1790 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Also discusses corruption and his unhappiness as Vice President. Very affectionate towards Rush. Beliefs on government and other reflections.

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

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Vice President, Politics, Government and Civics, Corruption and Scandal, Freedom and Independence, Declaration of Independence, Congress, Election, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The Early Republic