Lot 4: Autograph note in the hand of John Adams 1802
Author: Adams, John; Title: Letter from John Adams declining an invitation to the anniversary dinner of the Committee of Arrangement in memory of the landing of the Fathers at Plymouth, accompanying the First Edition of John Quincy Adams' 1802 "Oration Delivered at Plymouth," as delivered at the dinner; Place Published: Quincy, Mass.; Publisher:; Date Published: December 22, 1802; Description: Autograph note in the hand of John Adams, approximately 12.5x19.5 cm (5x7¾") tipped in at the rear of a bound volume also containing: Adams, John Quincy. An Oration Delivered at Plymouth, December 22, 1802. At the Anniversary Commemoration of the First Landing of Our Ancestors, at That Place. 31 pp. (8vo) original plain blue paper wrappers. First Edition. Boston: Russell and Cutler, 1802.Bound together in old tan cloth and marbled boards, housed in a custom blue morocco and cloth clamshell box with gilt spine.Autograph note in the hand of John Adams, penned by him shortly after his tenure as America's second President and dated December 22, 1802, expressing regret at being unable to attend "the Anniversary dinner in memory of the landing of the Fathers and Plymouth" at which his son John Quincy was speaking, tipped into a first edition copy in original uncut wrappers of the Oration delivered by John Quincy at the event. Oration: Shaw & Shoemaker 1717; Sabin 293. Pocket tipped-to rear pastedown with a laid-in note (5½x8½") in typescript on the letterhead of the Plymouth, Massachusetts Pilgrim Society. The note reads: "Sometime about 1956, Mr. Lothrop Withington heard a radio broadcast one Sunday morning from the Adams Library in Quincy. The general subject matter was what John Quincy Adams had done during his lifetime to place in proper perspective in American history the contribution of the Pilgrims. He apparently made quite a study with particular reference to the importance of the Compact."Please view the on-line version of the catalog for further description. ; Condition: Autograph letter in a crisp manuscript hand, small closed tear to upper edge minimally affecting one letter; Oration with light scattered foxing, a bit of marginal dampstaining; light edge-wear to marbled boards; very good.
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