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John Quincy Adams Ink signature

Ink signature, “With great esteem and regards I am your friend, J. Q. Adams,” on an off-white slip clipped from the closing of a letter. Double-matted and framed with a portrait of Adams to an overall size of 9 x 11. In fine condition, with several vertical folds, one through a single letter of signature, which is also slightly separated along the top edge, not affecting the signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in John Quincy Adams

 

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RR Auction John Quincy Adams Full Hand-Addressed Free Frank

RR Auction John Quincy AdamsFull hand-addressed free frank, measuring 9.5 x 8 unfolded, with panel measuring 5.25 x 3, addressed by Adams to “Langdon Cheves, Esq., Philadelphia,” and franked in the upper right, “Department of State, J. Q. Adams.” Also bears a “Free” stamp and May 7, [1819], postmark. A central fold passing through the address, show-through from faded writing to reverse, and expected paper loss to upper and lower panels where seal was once affixed, otherwise fine condition. Cheves had served as a congressman from South Carolina and speaker of the house from 1814 to 1815, and at the time was president of the Bank of the United States. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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RR Auctions John Quincy Adams Hand-addressed and free franked address panel

RR Auctions John Quincy Adams

Hand-addressed and free franked address panel, 7 x 3, addressed by Adams to “Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Boston,” and franked in the upper right, “J. Q. Adams.” Panel also bears a light, but legible “Free” stamp below the franking signature and a date stamp, “Feb. 11,” to the left side. Matted and framed with a portrait of Adams to an overall size of 10 x 16. Light intersecting folds, including one touching a single letter of the signature, a uniform shade of toning, and an unobtrusive repair to paper loss along top edge, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in John Quincy Adams

 

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RR Autograph Auctions John Quincy Adams

RR Autograph Auctions John Quincy Adams

RR Autograph Auctions John Quincy Adams

Partly printed DS as president, signed “J. Q. Adams,” one page on vellum, 15.5 x 9.75, December 20, 1826. A grant for a parcel of 80 acres of land near Indianapolis issued to Isaac Drury, signed at the conclusion by Adams, and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office George Graham. In good condition, with heavy intersecting folds (vertical fold to last name; a few small holes), toning, wrinkling, and ink a shade light but fully legible, as is the signature. The seal remains cracked, but mostly intact. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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RR Auctions John Quincy Adams

Adams gives up the law for a diplomatic career as minister of the Netherlands


Handwritten endorsement, signed “John Q. Adams,” on the reverse of a legal writ, written in Adams’s hand, concerning the estate chattels of William Ash of Boston, one page, 8 x 7, dated November 21, 1793. Writ concerns a debt against the estate of William Ash, Herman Brimmer, and John Homans. On the reverse, Adams writes, “Brimmer et al Exors, vs. Ash, January 1794, John Q. Adams, 23 Nov.” Matted with a photocopy of the front of the document and an engraved portrait, to an overall size of 32.5 x 16. In very good condition, with toning and partial separation along both vertical folds (old tape repair to one fold), paper loss to top edge, scattered toning, and show-through from printing on reverse.

After Adams graduated from Harvard, he passed the Boston bar exam and opened a law office for a brief time, handling the affairs of a few local merchants such as William Ash, bookseller Herman Brimmer, and physician John Homans. However, he had little enthusiasm for the law and preferred to write essays defending the neutrality policy established by Washington’s administration. In 1793, his “Marcellus” and “Columbus” essays were published in the Columbian Centinel and won him national recognition as George Washington tried to keep America out of the growing hostilities between Britain and France that arose during the French Revolution. On May 30, 1794, Washington appointed Adams minister to the Netherlands (at the age of 26)—a position he did not want but was persuaded to accept by his father—and so ended young Adams’ law career. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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