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Lot 2: - Adams, John Quincy. Autograph Letter Signed "J. Q. Adams,' to John M. Krum and B. M. Hart, responding to inquiries as to how the House of Representatives goes about adopting resolutions. 2 pages on one sheet, 8.125 x 8.75in inches; unobtrusive

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by Swann Auction Galleries

September 26, 1996

New York, NY, USA

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Description: - Adams, John Quincy. Autograph Letter Signed "J. Q. Adams,' to John M. Krum and B. M. Hart, responding to inquiries as to how the House of Representatives goes about adopting resolutions. 2 pages on one sheet, 8.125 x 8.75in inches; unobtrusive folds; inner margin worn, likely from previous mount. Washington, 18 January 1838 [E1500/2500] After losing the presidency to arch rival Andrew Jackson in 1828 Adams ran for Congress in 1830, where he stayed till his fatal collapse on the floor of the House in 1848 In 1834 pro-slavery factions passed a gag order on all anti-slavery petitions Adams fiercely opposed the order and tried constantly to get around it. Therefore he knew by heart the intricacies of House practice, some of which he describes here. In part.. 'The Chairman had no order from the Committee to report the adopted Resolutions; but he reported them of course, because they had been adopted ... Perhaps in strictness the motion for the Committee to rise should have added and report the adopted Resolutions. But in the order to rise, that of reporting what had been done was implied in the Chairtnan's duty.'

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