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Collection Reference Number GLC07118
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title John Q. Adams to Thomas B. Adams discussing family matters
Date 4 March 1812
Author Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848)  
Recipient Adams, Thomas Boylston  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Signed with his initial "A." Adams discusses family matters, his declining a seat on the Supreme Court. He expects war with Great Britain: "All the information that we receive from the United States... indicates a disposition and measures leading to War. As far as these may consist in preparations and in raising of a force sufficient to give weight to our claims... it gives me pleasure to see them. But I cannot reconcile myself to the idea of a War... which can only promote the purposes of France that is forced upon us by the stupid obstinancy of the British Cabinet." Adams also predicts hostilities between France and Russia (which led to Napoleon's invasion of Russia). War against Britain was declared on 18 June, about the same time that the British ministry acceded to most American demands.
Subjects President  Children and Family  Superstition  Government and Civics  War of 1812  Military History  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  France  
People Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848)  Adams, Thomas Boylston (1772-1832)  
Place written St. Petersburg, [?]
Theme The Presidency; Children & Family; Government & Politics; War of 1812; Foreign Affairs
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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