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    [John Quincy Adams] Letter with Political Content signed by William E. Richmond. One page, 8" x 9.5", Providence, October 21, 1822, to John Bailey, the clerk in the Department of State, Washington, D.C., concerning the upcoming presidential election which Adams won. On toned paper with some weakness at the folds and minor paper loss from the original breaking of the seal, though no loss of text.

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    When this letter was written, John Quincy Adams was serving as the secretary of state. Less than three years would pass until he was elected president, but already his name was being put forward for the office. Bailey, who served as clerk from 1817 through 1823, received this letter which reads in part, "I trouble you with a line on the subject of the Presidency. . . . Isaac Hill, who is thought to control the politicks of this state [Rhode Island], was open & decided for Mr. Adams, before he went to Washington, the latter part of last Session. Since his return, he has held a very mysterious language, both in publick & private. He no longer holds up Mr. Adams as the man who should be voted for, to the exclusion of others; and, he speaks in high terms of Mr. [William] Crawford." In a postscript, Richmond writes that his "information comes from a source entitled to the fullest credit."

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