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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to James Bridge

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00958.05 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 September 1789 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams chronicles a trip to New York to visit the first United States Congress. Adams describes his interactions with a man named Atkins and another named Mr. Mayer in Newport. He also describes various passengers on the ship he took to New York. In New York, Adams heard speakers in the House of Representatives discuss various topics. He comments on the lower than expected level of eloquence, expressing confidence that he and Bridge will be great statesmen. He notes that Gerry Jackson of Georgia and Aedanus Burke of South Carolina speak most, and Ames, Madison and Vinning speak best. Continuing the letter on September 27, Adams mentions meeting President and Mrs. Washington, Mr. Dalton, and several senators. He notes that Supreme Court appointments took place.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Bridge, James, 1765-1834.
Burke, Aedanus, 1743-1802.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President, Travel, Congress, Transportation, Maritime, Government and Civics, Supreme Court, Judiciary, First Lady

Sub Era: The Early Republic