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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to Thomas B. Adams

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06606 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter Date: 17 January 1804 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 25 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Adams, then a Massachusetts senator, writes to his brother about "the receipts and expenditures, upon the Seamen's fund" and the Louisiana Purchase. Discusses the legislation relating to Louisiana that would "tax them, then make a government for them, and at last admit them as a State or States, by Acts of Congress..." Notes that he has finally settled his accounts from when he was abroad working as a diplomat.

Background Information:

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
Adams, Thomas Boylston, 1772-1832
Adams, John, 1735-1826

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FinanceLouisiana PurchasePresidentWestward ExpansionGovernment and CivicsMaritimeStatehoodCongressTaxes or TaxationDiplomacy

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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