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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Elbridge Gerry

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00366 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Auteuil, France Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 April 1785 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: An important letter in which Adams discusses American foreign and domestic debt, his desire to return home, the mission to London proposed by John Jay, false reports of Adams himself receiving a commission on a Dutch loan, Jefferson in Paris, his son John Quincy Adams, the Society of Cincinnati, and the dangers of ambition, wealth and power, to the spirit of republicanism.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814.
Jay, John, 1745-1829.
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Society of the Cincinnati, President Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Finance, Economics, Government and Civics, Children and Family

Sub Era: Creating a New Government