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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Matthew Carey

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01726 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Montizillo Type: Autograph letter Date: 1821/05/24 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams complains that American government mixes too many legislative powers with the executive. Also discusses Europe's quest for Democracy "without Sufficient knowledge of the system of Organization necessary to form it and preserve it." The original signature was clipped and has been replaced.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Carey, Mathew, 1760-1839.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Government and Civics, US Constitution, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, President Congress

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform