Lot #1003
John Quincy Adams Press Copy Letter

Press copy of a letter from Adams following his successful negotiations in the Treaty of Ghent

Estimate: $1500+

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Press copy of a letter from Adams following his successful negotiations in the Treaty of Ghent

Rare original press copy of an ALS by John Quincy Adams, one page, 7.5 x 9, February 15, 1815, addressed from Paris and sent to Under Secretary of State Henry Goulburn, referencing his departure from Ghent, where he had just negotiated the treaty that ended the War of 1812. In part: "Your obliging favour of 23d ulto. reached Ghent, some days after my departure from that place. I have recently received it here, and beg you to accept my thanks as well for your kind attention in transmitting to Mr. Beasley the dispatches with which we had troubled you, as for the information you have been good enough to obtain and communicate, on a subject which ultimately be of some personal concernment to colleagues and myself. Mr. Hughes was detained so long in descending the Garonne from Bordeaux, that Mr. Baker has probably arrived before him. I hope they are both ere this safely landed in the United States. Until we hear of the arrival of one of them, my own anxious wish has been and will be to hear no news from America. At least no news of military operations. For in the present interval, all such news would be bad, and the Fortune of War itself could only vary the causes of regret." In very good to fine condition, with scattered small areas of paper loss due to ink erosion. Christopher Hughes and Anthony St. John Baker were American and British secretaries to their respective legations during the Treaty of Ghent peace negotiations.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: November 18, 2022 - December 07, 2022