Lot 13: John Quincy Adams - ALS as president signed J. Q. Adams
8th March 2017
ALS as president signed “J. Q. Adams,” one page, 6.75 x 4.5, June 1, 1828. Letter to "James Monroe Esq'r," in full: "Learning from Mr. Ringgold that you had the intention of passing part of the day tomorrow in the City, Mrs. Adams joins me in soliciting the favour of Mrs. Monroe's and your company and that of Miss Hay tomorrow at dinner to pass the evening and night with us. I shall have the pleasure of calling upon you immediately after your arrival at Mr. Ringgold's." Handsomely double-matted and framed with engravings of both presidents (both bearing printed signatures) to an overall size of 31 x 17. In very good to fine condition, with two short edge tears and a few stains near the right edge. Tench Ringgold was a close friend of Monroe's and served as US marshal for the District of Columbia from 1818 through 1831. In 1825 he built a stately brick residence on land purchased from Tobias Lear, where often hosted distinguished guests including Monroe and Supreme Court Justices John Marshall and Joseph Story. The "Miss Hay" mentioned in this letter was most likely Hortensia Hay, granddaughter of the Monroes. Presidential autograph letters by Adams are quite scarce, and the exquisite associative content of this example makes it truly spectacular.
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