Following his term as 6th POTUS, John Quincy Adams (d.1848) spent the remainder of his life serving as a Massachusetts Congressman in the House of Representatives. Presented is a 20 x 13-1/2” display containing a letter handwritten and signed by Adams while holding the position of Chairman of the Committee of Manufacturers. Addressed to Duff Green, this 1833 correspondence shows bold black lettering against an off-white background, with Adams distinct signature showing solid (“9”) strength above his title. Full photo LOA from PSA/DNA. More on our website.
The Adams letter appears on the right side of this two letter display, with the visible portion measuring 7-1/4 x 9-1/4”. Overall this antique document displays in an excellent state of preservation with only light discoloration along the two original period compacting folds and a few small instances of minor ink migration in the text. As noted above Adams' signature which appears as “J. Q. Adams”, is bold and clearly legible. The lower portion of the letter shows ink bleeding through from the other side, presumably where the letter is addressed. Information on the contents of the letter’s other side is undetermined. As this piece has been professionally framed and matted, access to the opposite side of the letter will require cutting open the display’s backing. The letter’s addressee appears at top left as “Duff Green Esq. Printer to Congress”. Green was also the owner and editor of “The United States Telegraph”.
Also present is a letter signed by Matthew St. Clair Clarke (d.1852). Dated 1/11/1833 this second handwritten letter shows the same visible dimensions as the Adams letter. Serving as Clerk of the House of Representatives, Clarke requests information regarding “agents employed by the Treasury Department to collect information in relation to the manufactures of the United States”. Clarke’s signature shows appealing (“7-8”) quality, and letter shows nearly as handsomely as the Adams letter with deference to some very minor foxing. Applied in unknown hand, the date “June 16” appears in pencil on the lower blank region of the letter and does not contact the letter’s text or signature.
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