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    John Adams Autograph Document Twice Signed with Presentation Note from Grandson Charles Francis Adams. One page, 6.25" x 3.75", Braintree, November 11, 1763. Before John Adams was included among the Founding Fathers, before he was a delegate to two Continental Congresses, and before he was the second president of the United States of America, he was a struggling lawyer in Braintree, Massachusetts. He career as an attorney had a rough beginning, with only one client in his first year.

    Intent on courting Abigail Smith, he wanted to improve his farm and his practice. He acquired more clients, such as Dr. Balch Cowing, to whom this account sheet is made. At the top edge, Adams has written, "Dr. Balch Cowing to John Adams," with the dates April 6, 1762, and February 21, 1763, followed by a list of services and costs. At the end, Adams has written: "Settled all accounts between us to this day, and find due to Cowing 1s [shilling]:7d [pence]. J. Adams." Countersigned at the bottom by Balch Cowing. Smoothed folds with overall toning. Light ink bleed-through from docketing on the verso.

    With an autograph presentation note from John Adams' grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Sr., one page, 5" x 3", Quincy [Massachusetts], October 18, 1877, in full: "John Adams was a practising [sic] lawyer before the outbreak of the revolution. Here is a specimen of a settlement with one of his clients in 1763. the whole is in his handwriting excepting the signatures of Cowing." Charles F. Adams (1807-1886), the son of John Quincy Adams, was himself a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and minister to the United Kingdom throughout the Civil War.


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