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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00958.07 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 August 1791 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams denies that his father had any part in writing the Publicola letters, which attacked Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man" as too radical. Adams does acknowledge that he is the author, claiming that idleness motivated his effort to "dabble in political speculation." The letter reveals Adams' knowledge of his father's abuse by enemies. Adams also expresses mixed feelings about participating in politics. Information about Adams' law practice and news about the lives of various mutual friends also appears.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Bridge, James, 1765-1834.
Paine, Thomas

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President, Literature and Language Arts, Politics, Law, Journalism

Sub Era: The Early Republic