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Lot 1: Superb John Adams Free Frank on Cover Addressed to Senator John Rutherford of NJ
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
26 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Superb John Adams Free Frank on Cover Addressed to Senator John Rutherford of NJ********** ADAMS, JOHN. (1735-1826). Second president of the United States known for his role in drafting the Declaration of Independence and negotiating peace with Britain during the American Revolution. Free Frank. (“John Adams”). 1p. Oblong 8vo. N.p., (between 1791 and 1798). To Senator JOHN RUTHERFURD (1760-1840) of New Jersey. ********** A lawyer from Massachusetts, Adams devoted his life to public service, including representing Massachusetts as a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses, where he was elected to the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. In 1777, Adams was named, along with Benjamin Franklin, to serve as joint commissioner to France and later spent ten years as commissioner to Great Britain, helping restore peaceful relations and commercial ties with the United States. Adams received the second largest number of votes in the first presidential election thus becoming the first vice president of the U.S. In 1796, he ran as a Federalist in the first presidential election under the First Party System, serving one term during which he was a favorite target of criticism from his rival Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Thomas Jefferson. ********** Rutherford, the son of a British Army veteran who had been held hostage by the Americans during the Revolution, was a New York City lawyer before moving to New Jersey and embarking on a political career. A Federalist, he was elected to represent New Jersey in the Senate, serving from 1791 to 1798. After his retirement, he was instrumental in laying out Manhattan’s street grid and settling New Jersey’s boundary disputes with neighboring states. ********** Formerly the integral address leaf to a letter no longer present, the Adams frank has the normal folds and some creasing and tearing surrounding the red wax seal on the verso. In very good condition.