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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.07788 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 February 1803 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes to Knox to discuss why Adams "dissented from the vote for an address to remove the two Judges." Includes the major reasons as to why he dissented, such as that the judges were only accused of "official misdemeanors," and that the Constitution does not provide for the removal of judges except by the impeachment procedure.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: US Constitution, President, Government and Civics, Politics, Judiciary, Impeachment, American Statesmen

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison