Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    John Quincy Adams Autograph Letter Signed "J. Q. Adams." One page, 7.25" x 8.75" (sight), Providence [Rhode Island], October 3, 1803. Adams was serving his first term as U.S. Senator for the state of Massachusetts when he penned this short letter to his brother, Thomas Boylston Adams, regarding his current progress on a trip north to see him, in part: "The day before yesterday we came from Quincy to this place, and are now about to embark in the Packet Cordelia . . . for Powles Hook [New Jersey]. But we have a dead calm, and doubt whether we shall this day reach Newport; I hope however that by allowing a week to get as far as Powles Hook, we are indulgent enough to the humours of Wind & Water and you may expect us at Trenton, or Bristol, or Frankfort, from the 10th to the 12th if not earlier." Usual folds, else fine. Matted with a hand-colored, engraved portrait of Adams and framed to an overall size of 19.5" x 13.5".

    Thomas B. Adams was the youngest brother of John Quincy Adams. Years before (1794-1798), the younger Adams acted as secretary to John Quincy while the latter was U.S. minister to the Netherlands and Prussia. He later served in the Massachusetts legislature.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2014
    3rd Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 559

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 September 14 - 15 Americana & Political.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 September 5 Rare Books Signature Auction Featuring The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part II
    2019 September 5 Rare Books Signature Auction Featuring The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part II
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,437,530