Adams, John Quincy. Extraordinary autograph letter signed ("J.Q. Adams"), 4 pages (8 x 10 in.; 203 x

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Adams, John Quincy. Extraordinary autograph letter signed ( J.Q. Adams ), 4 pages (8 x 10 in.; 203 x
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1. Adams, John Quincy. Extraordinary autograph letter signed ("J.Q. Adams"), 3 pages (8 x 10 in.; 203 x 254 mm.), Quincy, 6 December 1830. Written to former Senator Samuel L. Southard (1787-1842) of Trenton, New Jersey, who was then serving as Attorney General for the state of New Jersey. Two years later, he would be elected governor of New Jersey, in which office he would serve just one year before resigning to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. In fine condition.Adams writes in part: ...it is my deliberate and well considered opinion that the discharge of the Office of President of the United States ought not in our Country to operate either as exclusion or exemption from the subsequent performance of service in either branch of the Legislature. There has indeed been hitherto no example of this, and one of my motives for consenting to serve has been, to get the example which I consider so eminently congenial to the Spirit of Republican Government, and which I cherish the hope will be followed by results signally useful to our Country - Washington accepted a military commission from his successor - Jefferson while he lived was the Rector of his own University - my father, Madison, and Monroe, served in Convention of fundamental legislation in their respective States - Had every one of them after the termination of their functions in the first executive office of the Union, gone through a term of Service in either house of Congress, the Country might now be reaping a harvest of their Labour the worth of which may be estimated by that which she has derived from their actual devotion to her cause and welfare... Following the bitter election of 1828, in which populist Andrew Jackson swept into office, John Quincy Adams left Washington and returned to his native Quincy, Massachusetts a defeated politician. It wasn't until the autumn of 1829 that certain friends of Adams urged him to run for Congress, reminding him that his stature in the community would guarantee a win. John Quincy Adams departed for Washington on 8 December 1830, just two days after the date of the present letter. Adams spent the next seventeen years of his life in Congress, the only former President to serve as a member of the House of Representatives. An extraordinary letter from Adams regarding his return to public service. Perhaps most stunning is Adams' remark that he was threatened with assassination just prior to taking the Oath of Presidential Office: "...and as I took the Oath of President of the United States, under an anonymous threat that I should meet a Brutus, if I went that day to the Capitol, I may now again say with Cicero in the divine Philippiie, to any dark hint of future violence contempsi catilinas gladios; non partinescam tuoi'. $10,000 - $15,000