DescriptionJohn Quincy Adams Autograph Letter Signed as Secretary of State. One page, 7" x 6.75", Washington, May 15, 1823. Adams writes a personal thank you to W.C. Somerville of Baltimore, and offers his approval of Somerville's essays. The letter reads, in full: "I have received your very obliging Letter of the 10th inst.t together with a copy of your Letters from Paris, on the causes and consequences of the French Revolution. From the cursory perusal that I have been able to give this work, I have had ample reason to be satisfied that its principles and its sentiments are such as eminently befit an American, and a friend of universal benevolence. I pray you to accept my thanks for it, and to believe me to be, very respectfully, Sir, your very humble and obed.t Serv.t, John Quincy Adams."
Adams served as secretary of state under President James Monroe from 1817 until 1825, a tenure during which he was instrumental in the acquisition of Florida. Typically, his views concurred with those espoused by Monroe. As secretary of state, he negotiated the Adams-Onís Treaty and wrote the Monroe Doctrine, which warned European nations against meddling in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere. Adams' interpretation of neutrality was so strict that he refused to cooperate with Great Britain in suppressing the slave trade. Document is bright and sharp, and has been affixed to a slightly larger backing sheet which measures 8" x 10.75". Boldly penned and very fine.
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