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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Dr. Benjamin Rush re: dream of American glory, early history

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00599 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 08 December 1812 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "The history of the hobby horse" -p.4 (Adams's humorous name for the story he tells in this letter.) Free frank on p.4

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

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Women's History, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Poetry, Politics, Navy, War of 1812, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Revolutionary War, Congress, USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), Military History, Literature and Language Arts, Classical World and Ancient Civilization, Battle, Quaker

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison