Adams, John Quincy

Secretary of State Adams unable to get an appointment as a Navy Surgeon’s Mate for the son of a prominent Worcester physician and antiquarian

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(1767-1848) (1767-1848) American statesman, diplomat, minister and ambassador to foreign nations, and treaty negotiator, Mass. US Senator & Congressman, 6th US President 1825-29. Eldest son of 2nd president John Adams and his wife, Abigail. He was a Federalist like his father, but later switched to the Jeffersonian Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and, later, the Anti-Masonic and Whig parties when they were organized. He shaped early US foreign policy using his ardently nationalist commitment to US republican values. Adams played an important role in negotiating key treaties, including the Treaty of Ghent to end the War of 1812. As Secretary of State, one of the greatest diplomate and Secretaries of State in US history, he negotiated with Great Britain over the northern border with Canada from the Great Lakes to the Rocky Mountains in 1818, negotiated the Adams-Onis Treaty with Spain which allowed for the annexation and purchase of Florida, and drafted the “Monroe Doctrine”. He was elected president in a close and controversial 4-way contest in 1824. As president he sought to modernize the economy and promote education. Adams enacted a part of his agenda and paid off much of the national debt. He was often stymied by a Congress controlled by opponents, and his lack of patronage networks helped politicians sabotage him. He lost his 1828 bid for re-election to Andrew Jackson. After leaving office, he was elected a Mass. US Rep in 1830, serving for the last 17 years of his life with greater acclaim than he had achieved as president. Animated by growing revulsion against slavery, he successfully co-defended the Amistad and was a critic of the annexation of Texas and the Mexican-American War. Full “John Quincy Adams” signature on a 10 x 8 ALS while Secretary of State, Washington, November 24 1821, to Oliver Fiske Esq., Worcester, Mass. Since receipt of Fiske’s letter of the 14th, Adams has applied to the Secretary of the Navy (Smith Thompson) in behalf of Fiske’s son but regrets to learn from Thompson that there are no appointments of Surgeon’s Mates to be made. With small steel engraving of Adams for matting & framing. OLIVER FISKE (1762-1837) Worcester, Mass. Physician, elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society February 3, 1813. In 1797, Isiah Thomas (1749-1831) Mass. publisher and author (he performed the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Worcester and reported the 1st account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, founder of the American Antiquarian Society) published Fiske’s “An oration, pronounced at Worcester, on the anniversary of American independence; July 4, 1797”, sold by Thomas at his bookstore.

Condition: Very good, small tear to upper left corner
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