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Lot 1: Adams, John Quincy. Autograph letter signed
November 15, 2012
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
Adams, John Quincy. Autograph letter signed, 1 page, (8 x 10 in.; 203 x 254 mm.) "Washington," 25 May 1820. Written to John Howard March Esq. Consul U.S. Madeira. In his letter, President Adams instructs Mr. March to bill him for goods and services just as he would any other customer. Slight toning and some edge separation.
John Quincy Adams insists that he be billed for a gift of hogshead and cask of wine.
Adams pens in full: " Dear sir, I have received your obliging letter of 15. March. and the Hogshead and ½ Quarter cask of wine to which it refers, for your kind attention in sending which I pray you to accept my best thanks. I must request you to have the goodness to send me a bill for them, charged at the price, which you would affix to the same articles, to your to regular commercial correspondence in this country, with information to whom it shall be paid for you. This request is founded upon a principle which I have always considered as resulting from the spirit if not the letter of the constitution of the United States. While holding an employment in the public service, I have always felt myself interdicted from the acceptance of any present of value not only from foreign sovereigns but from any other person. As the observance of this practice is necessary to the consciousness of my faithful discharge of my public duties, I shall in paying the bill, receive your compliances with my request as an obligation added to that for which I am indebted to you for this mark of your regard I am with great respect, Dear sir, your very obed.t ser.t John Quincy Adams".