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JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. ALS: "John Quincy Adams" as Monroe's Secretary of State, 1p, 7½x5½. Washington, 1823 January 25. To John P. de Wint, Fishkill Landing, New York. In full: "I send you herewith a copy of the pamphlet lately published by me, of which I request your acceptance. I should apologize for having left your Letter of the 6th inst so long unanswered. With my affectionate regards to my niece and best respects to your mother I remain Dear Sir your friend and faithful Servt." Pamphlet not present. JOHN PETER de WINT (1787-1870), a wealthy man and staunch Republican, had married Caroline Abigail Smith in 1814. Caroline was John Quincy Adams' niece, the daughter of his late sister, Abigail Amelia Adams Smith (1765-1813) and Colonel William S. Smith. Smith served with distinction under George Washington. In a steamboat accident in 1852, both Adams' niece and her son-in-law drowned in the Hudson River. In addition to his role in the drafting of the Monroe Doctrine, promulgated later in 1823, J.Q. Adams also treated with Spain to acquire Florida and enlarged the western boundary of the Louisiana Purchase, setting the stage for America's sea-to-sea expansion. During the conflict over Florida, he was the sole member of Monroe's Cabinet to support Andrew Jackson's actions against the Seminole Indians. Despite this support, Jackson developed lifelong animosity for Adams, beginning when Adams defeated him for the Presidency in 1824. Brown stain at center and small, similar stains do not affect legibility, glue remnants on corners on verso show through at blank areas, usual folds, 1 touching the "y" in Quincy, light ink transference at lower blank margin. Tear across blank upper right corner expertly repaired, all intact. Nicked at upper left edge.

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Born: July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts
Died: February 23, 1848 in Washington, District of Columbia

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