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    Early John Quincy Adams Speech, "An Address to the Members of the Massachusetts Fire Society, at Their Annual Meeting, May 28, 1802.", (Boston: Russell & Cutler, 1802), 26 pp., 8vo ( 5" x 9"), sewn paper covers. Adams was a 35 year-old Boston lawyer with considerable diplomatic experience when he delivered this speech warning that "...a wooden city is a vast tinder-box, kindling at every transient spark an immense mass of phial'd phosphorus blazing out by mere communication with the air." Switching from the subject of fire control to that of patriotism, Adams continued, "....To preserve, to strengthen, to perpetuate this union, is the first political duty, as it ought to be the highest glory of every American." Moisture stains on cover, even browning. Overall quite sound and in fine condition.

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