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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Elbridge Gerry

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00024 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Auteuil, France Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 April 1785 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes that although he lacks any sympathy for the "philanthropy" of slavery, he will not violate the treaty requiring the return of escaped slaves to their masters. One black and white bust engraving of John Adams included.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, Treaty, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, President, Runaway Slave, Vice President

Sub Era: Creating a New Government