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Auction Description for Skinner: Books, Manuscripts
Auction Description:
Books, Manuscripts
Viewing Notes:
31st October 12 noon to 7pm. 1st November 12 noon to 6pm. Day of sale 9am to 10.30am.
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www.skinnerinc.com Due to processing reasons we have been unable to provide full descriptions, please contact auctioneers for full details. Please note buyers premium applies to first 80,000 and is 10% thereafter.

Books, Manuscripts

(558 Lots)

by Skinner


558 lots | 55 with images

November 2, 2003

The Heritage on the Garden

63 Park Plaza

Boston, MA, 02116 USA

Phone: +1 617 350 5400

Fax: +1 617 350 5429

Email: info@skinnerinc.com

Adams, John (1735-1826), Autograph Letter Signed, December 9th, 1777, one page, to fellow signer Elbridge Gerry, a letter to his close friend condemning the practice of distributing goods to obtain popular support and introducing John Thaxter as a

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Description: Adams, John (1735-1826), Autograph Letter Signed, December 9th, 1777, one page, to fellow signer Elbridge Gerry, a letter to his close friend condemning the practice of distributing goods to obtain popular support and introducing John Thaxter as a possible clerk for Gerry in Congress, with holograph address leaf, (very minor fold loss on address leaf). Text in full: Braintree Decr. 9, 1777/ Dear Sir/ Some day next week, Mr. John Thaxter will set off on his Journey for Yorktown...You may remember the want of Secretaries, and Clerks, which We Suffered before I came away, and that I agreed to Send you one or more...Mr. Thaxter is of a good Family, was educated at Harvard Colledge [sic], and has spent three years in the Study of the Law in my office, and was last Summer admitted to the Bar...You may depend upon his Sobriety, Modesty, Industry, and Fidelity...He has an Inclination to spend a year, in some place near Congress, which may afford him a decent support and where he may have an opportunity of serving the World, and learning the Nature of Men, and Things. If the President has no Secretary, Mr. Thaxter would make a very good one... I shall be much obliged to your for your Patronage, and Friendship to him and am very confident he will deserve it. I am, with great Truth, your Friend + Servant/ John Adams/ turn over/ Have the Trumpets yet Sounded at York Town, 300 Cord of Wood, to the Poor of the Town of Boston - and the magnificent Provisions making for the Poor at Thanksgiving.? Did Brutus, in the Infancy of the Commonwealth and before the Army of Tarquin was subdued acquire fame and popularity by largesse? No, these arts were reserved for Caesar, in the Dotage and last expiring moments of the Republic. Note: Having fled to York Town during the British occupation of Philadelphia, Congress returned in June of 1778. However, Adams would not be there to join them as he was named Commissioner to France.

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Description: Adams, John (1735-1826), Autograph Letter Signed, November 10th, 1810, two pages, to the Honorable William Plummer, Epping, New Hampshire, concerning his health, his son John Quincy Adams ( referring to him as "The American Minister to Russia"), whose experiences are relayed in the letter concerning receptions, the Emperor's opinions of the United States, and our overall relations with Russia, particularly commerce, (left edge with seal loss effecting a few letters, dime-size burn lower right). Text in full: Quincy November 10, 1810/ Sir, For your kind congratulations and benevolent wishes Accept my best Thanks. My health is much better and more constant than could be reasonably expected by a Man, who after a Life of care Toil and Storms has entered his sixteenth Lustre./ The American Minister in Russia, in the Extremity of the cold about the middle of last Winter, was slightly indisposed so as to keep House for a few days, but soon recovered his usual health till the tenth of July, since which we have heard nothing. How soon he will return to the United States (I kn)ow not - but I fear not so soon as his Friends here wish to see him. I believe you may write without fear of his leaving Russia before your letter reaches it./ The last letters we have received from him were dated in July; none later that the Tenth of that month. His health was then good. What the object of his Mission was, and what his Prospect of affecting it, I know no more than is known to you and all the World./ The reception that has been given him and every branch of his Family by the Emperor, Empress, Empress Dowager, The Minister of Foreign Affairs and all the Foreign Ambassadors has been as flattering as ever was given by a Court to a Foreign Minister. The Emperor seems to think more highly of our Country than we do, and is more fond of Intercourse with us than we seem to be with him. The Commerce between the two Countries is already of great value to both: and, without some enormous blunder in our Policy will become more important every day./ The good Will of an Empire like that of Russia is not a matter of Indifference to our young nation and growing Country. We ought to have had it Thirty years ago. It was within our grasp, but was snatched from our Embraces by Intrigues: Such Intrigues as our simple inexperienced Nation has been too often duped by. I am Sir with much esteem/ your very humble servant, John Adams/ Hon. William Plummer/ Epping New Hampshire.

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Description: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848), Autograph Note Signed, October 27th, 1807, one page, to James Sullivan, Governor of Massachusetts, docketed, concerning President Jefferson's message to both Houses of Congress, a copy of which was enclosed with the letter, (very good). Note: This message concerned the Embargo Act.

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Description: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848), Autograph Letter Signed, December 15th, 1817, one page, to W(ilson) C(ary) Nicholas, acknowledging receipt of a letter and recommendation, sending along recent publications by Jeremy Bentham and putting forth a civil engineer for Nicholas to consider, (very good).

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Description: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848), Signed Document, March 1st, 1827, as President, one page, vellum, ship's passport for the Ship London Packet of Baltimore, countersigned by Henry Clay as Secretary of State, with seal intact, accomplished, (very good).

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