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INV-27562 JOHN ADAMS Autograph Letter Signed as President, to son, Thomas Boylston Adams. Philadelphia, [Pa.], March 1, 1798. 2 pp. on a bifolium (watermarked Curteis & Sons), 8 x 9 in. 1798-03-01

At the height of the Quasi-War with France, John Adams writes to his son, Thomas, then accompanying Adams’s eldest son, John Quincy, who had just been commissioned Minister to Prussia, a neutral power in the ongoing war between France and Britain. He encourages brevity in his correspondence, given the tense nature of European diplomacy and the seeming imminence of war between France and the United States. “We are all in suspense … without news from Europe. We learn that General Buonaparte has been at Paris and is gone to the Congress. But we know no more …”

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