One-page handwritten letter (on the front side of a fold-over sheet), dated February 19, 1819, signed by John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth President of the United States. In his letter, written to "Charles Tait, Esquire/of the Senate of the U. S.," Adams replies to an earlier letter from Tate regarding the transfer of consuls overseas. In part: "In reference to your letter of yesterday, enclosing one from Judge Charlton of Georgia, which recommends transfer of M. Wambersie, our present consul at Ostend, to the consulate of the United States at Antwerp, I have the honor to inform you that M. David Parish now fills that place. . . . I am, with great respect, sir, your obed. & very humble servant, John Quincy Adams." The signature is boldly scripted in black fountain pen and grades "10." (The text was written in the hand of a secretary.) Adams was Secretary of State under President James Monroe at the time of this letter, a position he held from 1817 to 1825. In 1825 Adams was elected sixth President of the United States, serving one four-year term. Afterwards, he was elected to a seat in the House of Representatives, thereby becoming the only President to serve in Congress after his term of office. He remained a member of the House until his death in 1848. The letter (8 x 9.75 inches) displays two horizontal folds, as well as a number of small tears along the spine and the edges of the fold lines. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000++.
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