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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Elbridge Gerry

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04425 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Braintree, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 November 1779 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A fond leave-taking signed "God bless you" at the end. The letter also discusses his firm belief in the need for separate powers, his acceptance of an appointment as commissioner to France and his wish that Gerry might send him intelligence from America.

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

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: President, Continental Congress, Congress, Diplomacy, Revolutionary War, Travel, Government and Civics, France, Vice President

Sub Era: The War for Independence