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Lot 273: 1825 Inaugural Address of President John Q. Adams
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Post-Revolutionary War to Civil War
1825 Inaugural Address of President John Quincy Adams
(JOHN QUINCY ADAMS) (1767 - 1848). Sixth President of the United States (1825-1829); Negotiated with the United Kingdom over America's northern border with Canada; with Spain the annexation of Florida; authored the "Monroe Doctrine," thus one of the greatest Diplomats and Secretaries of State in American history.
March 4, 1825-Dated, Printed Broadside, President Adams' Inaugural Address, an "Extra" Edition by the National Intelligencer, measuring 19" x 12" one side, Choice Fine. Adams took the oath of office on a book of laws, instead of the more traditional Bible, to preserve the separation of church and state. This important printing of President Adams' Inaugural speech is upon period wove paper and fills 4 full columns with text. The bold headline reads, "THIS DAY, at the appointed hour, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS took the Oath of Office as President of the Unites States, at the Capitol, and, on the occasion, delivered the following - Inaugural Address: ...".
The text is sharp, clear and easily readable, with some light age tone with some light folds and wrinkles and minor damp stain in the right margin. The left edge is trimmed very tightly from the lower quarter to the top, removing the first letter of each line on over half of the column. Otherwise this 1825 Broadside is in quite nice overall condition. A highly important, fully authentic and the original historic printing on that very day! Exceedingly Rare.
John Qunicy Adams served as the sixth President of the United States from March 4, 1825, to March 4, 1829. He took the oath of office on a book of laws, instead of the more traditional Bible, to preserve the separation of church and state. The Adams administration's record was thin; he made many proposals to Congress but it passed few of them; there were some minor foreign policy achievements. Adams proposed an elaborate program of internal improvements (roads, ports and canals), a national university, and federal support for the arts and sciences.
He favored a high tariff to encourage the building of factories, and restricted land sales to slow the movement west. Opposition from the states' rights faction of a hostile congress killed many of his proposals. He also reduced the national debt from $16 million to $5 million, the remainder of which was paid off by his successor.