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    John Quincy Adams Autograph Letter Signed "J. Q. Adams." One page, 7.5" x 8.5" (sight), Washington, D.C.; March 16, 1836. The letter, addressed to a Charles Hitchcock Esq., discusses the rights of veterans of the Revolutionary War to bounty lands. It reads:

    Upon receiving your letter of the 22d ult. I made enquiries at the Bounty Land Office of the War Department, to ascertain if there were evidence of any claim to Bounty Lands in the name of your father, or of Luther Bailey and have received for answer from Mr. William Gordon, the Clerk who superintends that office that the name of Gad Hitchcock is not returned on the list of Revolutionary Officers on file in the Department among those who acquired a right to bounty lands from the United States. That on reference to his Pension papers it appears that he left the Service finally in February 1777 - that it must be inferred he left the Service from choice, and that the bounty was promised by Congress, to those officers only who served to the close of the War in 1783, and those who became supernumerary under some of the Resolves of Congress in relation to supernumerary Officers.

    He adds that the name of Luther Bailey is returned in the list of officers as a Captain in the Massachusetts line, and as being entitled to bounty land - That it appears by the records in the Office that his claim was satisfied on the 24th of November 1795, by the issue of Land warrant N.101 for 300 Acres, to Nathaniel Olcott his assignee.

    I am with much respect, Sir, your obedt. Servt.

    J. Q. Adams

    Adams' letter to Charles Hitchcock of Hanson, Massachusetts, was written while he was serving in Congress. Hitchcock (1794-1848) wrote to the former president concerning claims of bounty lands for his father, Gad Hitchcock (1749-1835), who had recently died, and his cousin Luther Bailey (b. 1752), older brother of his mother Sage (Bailey) Hitchcock (1759-1810), both of whom had served in the Revolutionary War. Adams reports the results of his inquiries at the Bounty Land Office at the War Department.

    An interesting letter showing Adams providing constituency service to a Massachusetts resident. The letter is matted and framed with an engraving of Adams, measuring to the overall size of 20.75" x 15.75".

    Condition: Usual mail folds, light toning at margins, with some light areas of foxing throughout. Overall very fine.


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    Upon leaving the presidency in 1829 after his defeat for reelection by Andrew Jackson, Adams (1767-1848) considered retiring from public life. A mix of boredom and a deep concern about the policies of his successor, Adams decided that he would continue his political career, and thus ran for and won a seat in theUnited States House of Representatives, representing Massachusetts' 11th congressional district,in the1830 elections, becoming the first president to serve in Congressafter his term of office and one of only two former presidents to do so. He was elected to nine terms, serving as a Representative for 17 years, from 1831 until his death, serving on several committees, including theCommittee on Commerce and Manufactures,theCommittee on Indian Affairs,and theCommittee on Foreign Affairs, and becoming an ardent opponent of slavery



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