Lot 12: John Quincy Adams Handwritten Signed Letter
9th January 2019
ALS signed “J. Q. Adams,” one page, 8 x 10, July 28, 1845. Letter to John Angier of Medford, the husband of Adams's late niece, Abigail Smith Adams. In part: "Conformably to the terms of the deed of annuity interest, enclosed with your Letter, I received from the actuary of the Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company, Francis C. Lowell, by E. L. Perkins, a check to the Cashier of the Columbian Bank for 2962 Dollars 96 cents, payable to me or bearer, for which I signed the duplicate receipts. My legal obligation I understand is to pay the money over to you and to avoid the chance of any accident. I deposited the check in the Quincy Stone Bank, and took a check on the same payable to you or your order, which I enclose herewith, and for which I have to request your receipt. With regard to the disposal of the money that which is proposed in your Letter will be entirely satisfactory to me, and I have no doubt to all the family. The condition of Mrs. Adams is at this moment I regret to say deeply distressed and alarming. The termination of her suffering appears to be fast approaching." In fine condition, with light staining at the corners. The "Mrs. Adams" referred to may be his late brother Thomas Boylston Adams's wife, Ann Harrod Adams, who would pass away from breast cancer in September. John Quincy Adams's own wife, Louisa, died of a heart attack seven years later. A lengthy, boldly penned letter from the former president.
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