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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Robert Fulton

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04351 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 June 1813 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Agreeing with Fulton that "the diamons [sic] in the quarries of science are inexhaustable" and commenting "perseverance will succeed; indolence never can."

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Fulton, Robert, 1765-1815.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Science and Technology, Invention, Inventor

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison