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Lot # 1315 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

John Adams Handwritten and Signed Free Frank

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $2,088.00

Offered is a rare free frank "J. Adams" ("8") signature on an address panel hand-addressed by the second United States President, John Adams, to his grandson, George Washington Adams, circa 1813. George Washington Adams (1801-1829), son of John Quincy Adams, was at the time enrolled at the Academy at Hingham. The panel is marked "Free" by the former President at the top right corner. The address, handwritten by Adams, reads: "George Washington Adams At Mr. Kimball's Hingham." Oddly, and very fortunately for display purposes, Adams has placed his franking signature just to the left of the second address line. The address panel is mounted to another sheet and still bears hinges from a previous framing. A few lightly soiled spots and one minor tear at the extreme right do not detract from this magnificent John Adams signature example. George Washington Adams was the eldest son of John Quincy Adams - unfortunately and to the embarrassment of the family, George was not as successful as his esteemed father and grandfather, though he showed initial promise. Named in honor of our first President, George graduated from Harvard and studied law before becoming a member of the Massachusetts House in 1826. He apparently led a troubled life , earning a reputation as an alcoholic womanizer predisposed to gloom and paranoia. He drowned after going overboard in the Long Island Sound on April 30, 1829 and his body was reported found washed ashore a year later. It is generally assumed he committed suicide. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,088.00


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