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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to William Plumer

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04755 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Ealing near London Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 January 1817 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Regarding the European feeling that Americans shall "become dangerous members of the Society of Nations." Naval Victories, state of Barbary (fighting the pirates of Barbary and Algiers rather than giving them tribute), enemies everywhere, few friends except Russia. Also mentions subserviency to "Holy Religion, and the Press Gang."

People: Plumer, William, 1759-1850.
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: President, Africa, Pirates, Barbary Pirates, Barbary Wars, Barbary Coast, War of 1812, Navy, Military History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Religion

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform