CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, SR.
A rare letter from the historian and politician, replying to a
request for his and his father's signature. He says his is easy to give, but to
obtain his father's is "vastly more difficult"
Autograph letter signed: "Charles Francis Adams", in
black ink, 1 page, 5x7. June 3, 1880. Quincy, Massachusetts. In full:
"Miss Lenora Frank - Ian Francis. I have to acknowledge the receipt of
your's of the 21st of last month asking me for an autograph. I shall be happy to
supply it - But you further ask me for an autograph of my father. This is vastly
more difficult as I have been heavily drawn upon for many years. I send you the
best I can find [items not included]. It is on a very soft paper and must
be carefully handled. Your's". The grandson of President John Adams and son
of President John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, Sr. (1807-1886) was a
politician, lawyer, and diplomat. Although he was elected to the House of
Representatives in 1858, Adams is most remembered for his work with
historical writing, chronicling the life of his grandfather in a biography that
spanned across 10 volumes. This work was the only edition of President John
Adam's writings until the family donated the full collection to the
Massachusetts Historical Society in 1954. Outside of the House of
Representatives, Adams served in other functions, including as Lincoln's
minister to the Court of St. James in Britain. He was offered the Presidency
of Harvard University, but declined the position. Adams also built the first
presidential library in 1870, dedicating it to his father, John Quincy
Adams. Normal mailing folds. Large tear on bottom fold completely separating
from the page, but attached by tape on verso. Toned. Surface creases. Left edge
frayed. Pencil and ink notes (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine
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