ALS as president, one page, 8 x 10, August 15, 1798. Letter to Dr. Samuel Holten of Danvers. In full: "Your letter of 17th of July never reached me till since my return home inclosed is an answer to the address, which is very kind and handsome: and the more agreeable as the Representative of the Town, seems by your account to entertain different sentiments. We cannot all think alike in this world. I rejoice to find you in so good health and spirits." In a postscript he adds, "Dr. Tufts and Family are very well." Silked on the reverse and in fine condition, with expert repairs to small areas of paper loss.
Holten was an old friend of Adams who had been a zealous Massachusetts patriot during the Revolution, holding a number of public offices over the years and serving on committees of the Provincial and Continental Congresses that dealt with the medical affairs of the military. While Adams was Federalist, Holten was a staunch Anti-Federalist and, as a delegate to the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention of 1788, had strongly opposed the adoption of the Constitution. This letter clearly demonstrates Adams's ability to set partisan differences aside and embrace the opinions of others, a quality that characterized his public career. Overall, this is an exceedingly desirable autograph letter as president boasting a prominent signature and appealing content that embodies Adams's political philosophy.
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