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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to P.P.F. Degrand

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03299 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: St. Petersburg, Russia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 June 1812 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Thanks Degrand for sending Boston newspapers containing "The Message of Govr. Gerry concerning libels, and the Act of Incorporation of the State Bank." Mentions lost correspondence from Degrand. Comments on an anecdote about assassination and discusses the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Percival. Also discusses American politics, particularly the pernicious effects of the "prevalence of party spirit among us, and the licentiousness of the press." Written while Adams was the American Minister to Russia shortly before the Declaration of War against Britain.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Degrand, Peter Paul Francis, 1787-1855.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: War of 1812, President, Diplomacy, Government and Civics, Journalism, Banking, Assassination Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Death, Politics

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison War of 1812