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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00958.11 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 June 1802 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams wishes to become reacquainted with his old friend from Harvard. Adams provides an outline of his history abroad since he last wrote Bridge in September 1794. Discusses travel to Holland, England, and Prussia, while serving the Unites States government. Mentions his marriage to Louisa Johnson and the birth of their son, George Washington Adams. Adams returned to the United States in 1801 and desired to return to private life and law practice, but was elected to the Massachusetts state senate. Comments on the establishment of the Wiscasset Bank, expressing his disagreement with the Massachusetts government's approval.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Bridge, James, 1765-1834.
Adams, George W., fl. 1861-1865.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Election, President, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Travel, Marriage, Children and Family, Banking, Finance, Economics

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison