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Adams, John (1735-1826) to: James McHenry

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00103 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 27 July 1799 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Fear or rising debt and taxes. Written as President to his Secretary of War. Adams approves McHenry's raising a company of cavalry [sic] but worries at cost. "This system of Debts and Taxes is levelling all government in Europe." JA was staying at his home at Quincy at the time

People: McHenry, James, 1753-1816.
Adams, John, 1735-1826.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Taxes or Taxation, Finance, Economics, Cavalry, Quasi-war, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The Early Republic