Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 65,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00529.03 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: St. Petersburg, Russia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 May 1812 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses his isolation and the lack of fresh news, his criticisms the writings of a man named Walsh (probably Robert Walsh), his opposition to War of 1812, and his inability to write openly because his letters are opened and read in transit. Adams was then minister to St. Petersburg. Plumer was then Governor of New Hampshire. Document paginated 285-88 at top center.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Plumer, William, 1759-1850.
Walsh, Robert, 1784-1859

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: War of 1812, President, Military History, Spying, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Journalism, Diplomacy, Government and Civics

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