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Adams, John (1735-1826) to the New Jersey Society of the Cincinnati

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03866.01 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Letter signed Date: 6 July 1798 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: President Adams expresses gratitude for the New Jersey Cincinnati's memorial of support as the country faces imminent war with France. On July 4th Adams had announced his appointment of George Washington ("that renowned, Veteran, and beloved Chief") as commander-in-chief of the army being raised to defend the country. Federalist fear of internal dissent (alluded to here as "intestine divisions") led to the passage of the infamous Alien and Sedition Acts in the midst of the crisis.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Washington, George

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Revolutionary War, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, France, Military History, Quasi-war, Fraternal Organization, Society of the Cincinnati

Sub Era: The Early Republic