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Collection Reference Number GLC00599
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title John Adams to Dr. Benjamin Rush regarding dream of American glory, early history
Date 8 December 1812
Author Adams, John (1735-1826)  
Recipient Rush, Benjamin  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description "The history of the hobby horse" -p.4 (Adams's humorous name for the story he tells in this letter.) Free frank on p.4
Subjects President  Women's History  Art, Music, Theater, and Film  Poetry  Politics  Navy  War of 1812  Global History and Civics  Revolutionary War  Congress  USS Constitution (Old Ironsides)  Military History  Literature and Language Arts  Classical World and Ancient Civilization  Battle  Quaker  
People Rush, Benjamin (1746-1813)  Adams, John (1735-1826)  
Place written Quincy, Massachusetts
Theme The Presidency; Arts & Literature; Women in American History; War of 1812; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics; Religion
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Notes: Historical figures mentioned: § Joel Barlow (1754-1812). Published epic poem, The Columbiad, in 1807. § Commodore Isaac Chauncey (1772-1840). Commander of U.S. naval forces on Lakes Erie and Ontario, 1812-15. § Langdon Cheves (1776-1857). Democratic-Republican Congressman from South Carolina, War Hawk. § Henry Clay (1777-1852). Senator from Kentucky, War Hawk during War of 1812. § DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828). New York Senator and Governor. At one point he was considered for the Federalist presidential candidacy. § George Clymer (1739-1839). Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Jeffersonian Representative from Pennsylvania. Opposed the War of 1812. § Captain Stephen Decatur (1779-1820). Commanded U.S.S. United States in victory over H.M.S. Macedonian 25 October 1812. § Timothy Dwight (1752-1817). Prominent Congregation clergyman, President of Yale College 1795-1817). § William Branch Giles (1762-1830). Democratic Senator from Virginia. War Hawk. § Captain Isaac Hull (1773-1843). Commanded U.S.S. Constitution 1810-12, defeated H.M.S. Guerriere 19 August 1812. § Captain Jacob Jones (1768-1850). Commanded U.S.S. Wasp in victory over H.M.S. Frolic 18 October 1812. § William Lowndes (1782-1822). Democratic-Republican Congressman from South Carolina, War Hawk. § Thomas McKean (1734-1817). Signer of the Declaration from Pennsylvania. Federalist Governor of PA 1799-1808. § Lewis Richard Morris (1760-1825). Federalist legislator from Vermont. His abstention from voting allowed Thomas Jefferson to be elected by the House of Representatives in 1801. § David Osgood (1747-1822). Prominent Congregational clergyman and outspoken critic of the War of 1812. § John Pope (1770-1845). Senator from Kentucky, political opponent of Henry Clay. § Captain David Porter (1780-1843). Commanded U.S.S. Essex in victory over H.M.S. Alert on 13 August 1812. § John Randolph (1773-1833). Jeffersonian Republican legislator, opposed to the War of 1812. § Sarah Siddons (1755-1831). Renowned English tragic actress.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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