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Adams, John (1735-1826) to James Searle

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00529.02 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 May 1789 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Adams as vice president to Searle, a former Continental Congressman, who was involved in business in Philadelphia. Says he is happy to hear of Searle's success and happiness in business. Says it was one piece of good news he has received recently and claims, "My Correspondence has Served to little other purpose than to pour out before me the Griefs Complaints and Distresses of my Friends and the Friends of their Country, whose Ruin has been accomplished in Part by the turn of affairs at the Revolution and in part by the bad Policy of our Country, Since the Peace. " Asks Searle not to visit him in New York until he has his house in order.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Searle, James, 1730-1797.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Vice President, Finance, Economics

Sub Era: The Early Republic