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Fine Books & Manuscripts(703 Lots)
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November 14, 2010
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Description: Adams, John (1735-1826), Signed letter, Quincy, January 14th, 1823, one page, to Messrs. Timothy Cooley, Oliver Parsons and James Cooley, Committee [for an unnamed School], acknowledging their request from books from his library, (Softness to paper, and old mildew, fold weakness and separations to right fold with some staining near top and minor losses along central horizontal fold). Text in full: Gentlemen, I am honoured with your letter of the 9th January 1823. It would give me great pleasure to send you any books for the use of your Classical School, but I have already given my library to a Classical School in Quincy excepting a very few which are a necessity of Life to me. I send you the second and third volumes of my Defence, of the first volume I have but one copy. Of the Discourses on Davila I have but one copy, which I call the fourth volume of my Defence. How these four volumes will be considered by Posterity, I know not. They were written with great sincerity and great anxiety unpolished as they are, that must remain for I can never correct or revise them. With my sincere wished for the increase of your library, and the prosperity of your Society and with a duplicate of the second and third volumes - I have the honor to be very respectfully your most obedient Servent, John Adams. Note: The recipients of this letter are connected to Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The Timothy Cooley referenced is likely Dr. Timothy Mather Cooley who was a Trustee of the college from 1812-1859.
Condition Report: The recipients of this letter are connected to Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The Timothy Cooley referenced is likely Dr. Timothy Mather Cooley who was a Trustee of the college from 1812-1859.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848), Autograph letter signed, April 19, 1819, one page, as Secretary of State, to James Riley, Esq. of New York, thanking him for his letter, and for copies of his (Riley's) narrative and about the loss of the Oswego, (folds, mat burn around text, pinhole folder separation to center fold [not affecting text], some light edge chipping, overall toning, minor offset, and two tape strips at upper edge). Text in full: "Sir, I have received your very obliging Letter, accompanied by a copy of the new Edition of your Narrative, with that of the loss of the Oswego, for which I pray you to accept my thanks. These works are valuable, not only by the interesting sympathies which they excite, but by the lessons of fortitude in sufferance, of persevering energy in action, and of reliance upon the superintending care of Providence in emergencies apparent by the most desperate, which they teach. I am with much Respect, Sir, your very humble and obedt. Servt." Note: Adams is referring to Riley's autobiographical book, An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce..., first published in 1817. This work described his ship's wreck off the coast of the Western Sahara, and his and his crew's subsequent hardships in their trek across the Sahara including capture and slavery by native peoples. Riley became an outspoken voice against slavery, and his work was known to have been read by many politicians, including Adams, and Abraham Lincoln. The other book Adams references in this letter is likely Judah Paddock's A Narrative of the Shipwreck of the Ship Oswego... and of the sufferings of the Master and the Crew while in bondage among the Arabs, first published in 1818.View additional info »
Description: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848), Signed document, as Secretary of State, Department of State circular dated August 14, 1819, one page, to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of New York, regarding the Senate resolution requiring District and Circuit courts to furnish accurate statements regarding business therein at the commencement of the next session, (in three parts due to fold separations, partially affecting text, edge chipping and browning).View additional info »
Description: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848), Signed document, September 16, 1820, one page, as Secretary of State, certifying a copy of an original decree related to indemnification of lands in the Mississippi Territory, together with a manuscript page, (fold separations, water staining, manuscript page with edge chewing).View additional info »
Description: (American Indian), Broadside entitled War and Pestilence! Two Young Ladies Taken Prisoners by the Savages, , depicting a woodcut vignette of figures and Indians, 15 1/2 x 10 5/8 in., framed, (losses along folds and edges).View additional info »