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Lot 60: [ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY] VAN BUREN, MARTIN. Autograph manuscript being a portion of Van Buren''s autobiography, this section a sketc...
January 11, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
[ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY]
VAN BUREN, MARTIN. Autograph manuscript being a portion of Van Buren's autobiography, this section a sketch of John Quincy Adams. [N.p.: n.d. but circa 1854]. Fourteen page manuscript written in ink on eleven long sheets (and continued in ink and pencil on the verso of three sheets, although some of this a draft of an unrelated letter), housed in folding cloth case with gilt lettering. Each sheet approximately 12 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches, one sheet trimmed shorter. The manuscript is unsigned and each leaf bears manuscript page numbering (a note in Van Buren's hand accounts for a hiatus), also with numerous strike throughs and corrections in Van Buren's hand. Each sheet inlaid with no loss, some ink burn and blots, generally clean, the text large and quite dark.
Van Buren's sympathetic biographical sketch of a onetime political foe: "John Quincy Adams was as honest & incorruptible as his father. He was equally bold and fearless in the avowal and maintentance of his opinions, & in his feelings, & habits more Democratic ... my respect for his character as a straightforward, well meaning man, lasted from my first acquaintance with him in my Senatorial capacity till the close of his life." An interesting read, the manuscript goes on to mention Jefferson, Clay, Madison, Jackson, and others of note. Van Buren's autobiography was not published until 1918 from a copy of the original manuscript gifted to the Library of Congress by his son in 1905.
C The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection
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