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Collection Reference Number GLC06742
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title John Adams to Benjamin Rush regarding support for the US in the War of 1812
Date 7 July 1812
Author Adams, John (1735-1826)  
Recipient Rush, Benjamin  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writing from retirement, Adams writes to his friend Rush on a variety of topics, especially the War of 1812. This letter was written one month after the United States declared war on Great Britain. "I believe with you that Wars are the natural and unavoidable Effect of the constitution of human Nature and the fabric of the globe it is destined to inhabit and to rule. I believe further that wars, at times, are as necessary to the preservation and perfection, the Prosperity, Liberty, Happiness, Virtue and independence of Nations as Gales of Winds to the Salubrity of the Atmosphere..." Adams also suggests that projects for universal peace are little better than "Short Sighted frivolous Romances." Adams supported the war.
Subjects President  Military History  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  War of 1812  Peace  
People Rush, Benjamin (1746-1813)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  
Place written Quincy, Massachusetts
Theme Foreign Affairs; War of 1812; Religion; Children & Family; The Presidency
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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