ADAMS, JOHN, President . Autograph letter signed ("John Adams") to U.S. Attorney General Richard Rush, Montezillo [Quincy, Mass.], 25 December 1816. 2 pages, 4to, 250 x 200mm. (10 x 7 3/4 in.) .
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ADAMS, JOHN, President . Autograph letter signed ("John Adams") to U.S. Attorney General Richard Rush, Montezillo [Quincy, Mass.], 25 December 1816. 2 pages, 4to, 250 x 200mm. (10 x 7 3/4 in.) . [ With :] Autograph free frank ("Free J.Adams") on integral cover sheet (detached), addressed in Adams' hand to "Honble Richard Rush City of Washington," recipient's docket . Illustrated in Phillips, American Stampless Cover Catalog , vol. 2, p. 213. Fine. PRAISING JEFFERSON'S HOME AT POPLAR FOREST AND REMEMBERING THE REVOLUTION: "WHEN SHALL WE FIND A WALTER SCOTT TO WRITE THE ROMANCES OF OUR AMERICAN REVOLUTION?" A warm letter from the former President, recently reconciled with fellow Signer and fellow ex-President Thomas Jefferson, praising Jefferson's homes at Monticello and Poplar Forest, saluting the "genius of the place" and extolling the natural beauty of Massachusetts over Virginia: "...Your excursion [on] Horseback...excited vain Recollections. Dean [Jonathan] Swift bragged; and why should not I? Swift crowed over Pope [and]...boasted that he could ride 500 miles upon a trotting Horse. In 1777 I rode on Horseback from Penn's Hill in this Town to Baltimore [where the Continental Congress was meeting], more than 500 miles, upon a trotting horse too, crossing Hudson River with my horse 15 miles above Fishkill, the Ice cracking under me a great part of the way. Raraton [Raritan] River in New Jersey we passed in the same way. When shall we find a Walter Scott to write the Romances of our American Revolution? I wish you had visited 'The Poplar Forest' [Thomas Jefferson's summer home near Lynchburg] after having seen Monticello. Of this last elevated and magnificent Structure I have had pleasing Accounts from Travellers that I have had the Pleasure to Introduce to the Philosopher, Statesman, and classic Writer, who is the Genius of the Place. They all return full of Praises and gratitude..." Adams urges Rush (1780-1859, the son of Signer Benjamin Rush) to visit him in Quincy, then returns to reminiscences: "What Roads, What Ferrys had I to pass in 1774, 1775, 1776 and 1777? From Washington to Montezillo is now but a party of pleasure. However you come, I will Show you no artificial Magnificence: but twenty Scenes of natural Beauty, that neither Virginia nor Pennsilvania can rival...I could Show you Beacon Hill which I have So often ascended to See the Sun rise. But Avarice has levelled it with the grovelling mercantile Inhabitants about it. But to descend from these Heights I will show you Montezillo, and even this Hillock among Mountains will exhibit natural Beauty Superiour to the vast Wilderness you saw from Monticello..." Interestingly, it was Benjamin Rush, father of Adams's correspondent, who affected the reconciliation between Adams and Jefferson.
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