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Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) to Richard Rush

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02291 Author/Creator: Adams, Abigail (1744-1818) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 November 1814 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Addressed to Rush as Attorney General in Washington, D.C. Encloses a letter received from her son, John Quincy Adams, to the President, James Madison, and states that he may read the political parts to the President if he desires. States that the letter is John Q. Adams opinions on the "farce" of the peace negotiations with Britain during the War of 1812, and should not be made public. Comments upon the fate of Alexandria, Virginia. Finishes by saying, "I have not a word to say, in vindication of the conduct of my own native State, but much to deplore." Free frank of John Adams.

People: Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818.
Rush, Richard, 1780-1859.
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Madison, James

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: First Lady, Women's History, War of 1812, Military History, President Politics, Treaty, Diplomacy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy

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