Lot 16: John Quincy Adams, Self-contained partial LS
12th October 2016
Self-contained partial LS, one page, 8 x 3.25, no date but circa 1814. Letter to R. G. Beasley, a US agent for American Prisoners of War, in full: “The Bearer of this letter is Mr. G. M. Dallas, who goes to spend sometime in England, where he has family Relations. From the communications in some of your late Letters, I am uncertain whether the dispatching of Cartels from England to the United States has not been entirely stopped. I venture however to enclose letters for America, which I will thank you to forward when there may be an opportunity. I am with much Respect, Sir, your very h’ble & ob’t Servant.” The letter is permanently mounted to a 9.25 x 11.5 piece of heavy cardstock bearing the affixed address fragment penned entirely in Adams’s own hand, “R. G. Beasley Esq, Agent for American Prisoners of War, Fav’d by Mr. Dallas, London.” Reverse of cardstock mat bears a partially affixed and unsigned engraving of Adams. In very good condition, with overall soiling and a trimmed top edge to the letter, and moderate overall staining to the address fragment. After several years spent serving as the United States Minister to Russia, Adams was recalled to serve as chief negotiator of the US commission for the Treaty of Ghent, an agreement which ended the War of 1812 between the United States and United Kingdom.
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