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    John Quincy Adams Autograph Letter Signed as President. One page with blank integral, 8" x 9.75". Washington, D.C.; July 2, 1825. A letter to Adams's brother Thomas B. Adams of Quincy, Massachusetts, in which the president discusses the possible transactions of property in Vermont and Massachusetts.

    My dear Brother,

    In compliance with your Letters of 2d. and 23d. ulto. I have executed a Deed of my Share of Land in Salem Vermont, which as soon as I can get it acknowledged, I will forward to Mr. Baxter at Brownington.


    I am not certain whether you intended to advise that I should buy out the rights of the heirs of Norton Quincy to the Wood lot which you mention. If you do, I shall readily consent to the purchase, but the plan which I have of it calls it Esqr. Quincy's upper cedar-swamp in Randolph, and makes of it only 1. Acre 3. Roads and 36 Rods - If it is worth only 25 dollars per acre, I do not understand how it should take 100 dollars to buy out Mr. Norton.


    We are all, including your daughter, as well as people roasting at a slow (not very slow) fire can be.


    With my duty to my father and kind affection to all the family, I am yours

    J.Q. Adams

    Thomas Boylston Adams (1772-1832) was the third and youngest son of John and Abigail Adams and the brother of John Quincy Adams. A Harvard graduate in 1790, Thomas accompanied his brother John Quincy to the Netherlands and Prussia in the late 1790s, serving as his secretary. In 1805 he married Ann Harrod of Haverhill, Massachusetts and the marriage produced seven children. By the time President Adams had written this letter, his brother Thomas had become an alcoholic and in chronic debt. He and his family were living in their father's house in Quincy.

    It is not clear what is behind the property transactions discussed in this letter. Both President Adams and his brother suffered debt relating to property holdings, and thus these transactions may have been for the benefit of either or both. Dated in July, Adams' reference to "roasting at a slow fire" is likely a metaphorical reference to the political and social climate in Washington. Adams had won the 1824 election by a narrow margin, and faced strong opposition during his tenure from a Congress controlled by his enemies.

    Condition:
    Docketed at top verso. The letter has horizontal and vertical folds, with partial separations thereat. At the top of the back of the letter there are two small pieces of tape. Uneven toning throughout, and light soiling on verso. Together with an engraving of Adams.


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