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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to Henry Clay

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00104 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 August 1827 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: President Adams, writing to Secretary of State Clay, defends Joel R. Poinsett, the American ambassador to Mexico, against accusations of Masonism. Describes Congress' accusations as "vague, indefinite and sustained by no better evidence than morbid suspicions." Rejects calls to recall Poinsett.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Masons, President, Congress, Corruption and Scandal, Latin and South America, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Government and Civics, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Politics

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform