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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to Roscoe G. Greene re: Grey's Elegy, the Constitution

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02847 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Washington Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1840/03/04 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams comments at length upon punctuation in Grey's "Elegy in a Churchyard" (and the powers of Congress as limited or expanded by a semi-colon in the Constitution. He also writes that "No land of slavery could ever have produced Grey's Elegy."

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, US Constitution, President, Literature and Language Arts, Poetry, Government and Civics, Congress, Slavery, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: Age of Jackson