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Collection Reference Number GLC07306
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title John Adams to Benjamin Rush regarding economic policy and the declaration of war
Date 24-26 June 1812
Author Adams, John (1735-1826)  
Recipient Rush, Benjamin  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description "The prudence of an individual is the policy of a nation. Self preservation is the first law of nature to both...France, under Washington's administration, had in defiance of all laws human and divine, plundered our commerce in every sin in Europe and the West Indies...a plan was laid...which looked forward with a prudent foresight to the defence and preservation of the country...who destroyed this system? The Congress of the Nineteenth Century who by repealing the taxes, have emptied their treasury? Who by mud docking my navy have disarmed themselves at sea?...June 26. War! War! War! Sure enough, whose 'Profligacy' is this? Whose 'Mad Ambition?' An alien law will now be wanted..." Docketed by Rush.
Subjects President  Politics  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Military History  War of 1812  France  Commerce  Merchants and Trade  Caribbean  Congress  Taxes or Taxation  Navy  
People Rush, Benjamin (1746-1813)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  
Place written Quincy, Massachusetts
Theme The Presidency; Foreign Affairs; War of 1812; Merchants & Commerce; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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