JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767 - 1848). Sixth President of the United States (1825–1829); Negotiated with the United Kingdom over America's northern border with Canada; with Spain the annexation of Florida; authored the “Monroe Doctrine,” thus one of the greatest Diplomats and Secretaries of State in American history.March 16, 1846-Dated, Rare IRISH & POLITICAL CONTENT, Autograph Letter Fully Signed, “John Quincy Adams,” as Congressional Representative from Massachusetts, 2 pages, measuring 8” x 10”, Quarto, upon fine wove period quality paper produced to appear as laid, Very Fine. Written to, “Messrs. Bolinson, Brady, Dowling, Stubbs, Boyle, and Donohue” at Coleman's Hotel, Adams praises Ireland and the Irish in a cordial reply (and decline) to an invitation to a St. Patrick's Day dinner. Here, John Quincy Adams pens, in full:
“Gentlemen -- I have received, your very obliging invitation, of the 13th inst., in the name of the friends of Ireland, in this City to be present as their guest, at a Gallic Dinner, to be given at Carnsis Saloon, to morrow, at 4 oclock p.m., in honor of Irelands patron Saint. The very
flattering manner in which you have been pleased, to convey to me this invitation, increases
the regret with which our infirm state of health, and a recent domestic affliction, compel me
to decline it. I cannot however deny myself the pleasure of thanking you for the testimonial
which you have borne to my long cherished, and deeply rooted, respect and affectionate
attachment to the People of Ireland, and the cause of their National Independence. A
respect and attachment coequal with the fall of Montgomery before the walls of Quebec, in
the War of our Independence; confirmed, and cemented, by the virtues which I have
witnessed, through the course of a long life, by personal acquaintance, with numerous
natives of the Emerald Isle. Your allusion Gentlemen, to my sentiments formed my
reflections, upon the Historic, and prophetic, fortunes of Ireland, many years since,
recorded in the poetical pastime of literary leisure, have suggested to me a sentiment which
I then expressed, and which I now offer you with a slight modification as a substitute, for
my presence at your festival. --- 'Soon/ Soon/ May dawn the day, as dawn it must - When Erin's Falchion, shall be Erin's trust!' --- I am with great respect Sirs, -- Your humble and Obedt. Servt. - (Signed) John Quincy Adams”.
John Qunicy Adams served as the sixth President of the United States from March 4, 1825, to March 4, 1829. He took the oath of office on a book of laws, instead of the more traditional Bible, to preserve the separation of church and state. The Adams administration's record was thin; he made many proposals to Congress but it passed few of them; there were some minor foreign policy achievements. Adams proposed an elaborate program of internal improvements (roads, ports and canals), a national university, and federal support for the arts and sciences.