RR Auction Home
Current Auction Is Open For Bidding
 
Home |Sitemap|Contact Us| Past Auctions  
 How to Bid   Register to Bid   Auctions   Consign   About Us   Featured Lots   Reviews 
If you don't have a Bidder Number, register now to bid!
back button 30 Minute Rule Begins on the Evening of September 12 at 7:00PM ET
An Initial Bid Must Be Placed By 6:00PM ET To Participate After 6:00PM ET NEXT LOT PREVIOUS LOT
Item   Title MB Now at Next bid Bids New bid Max bid  
8   John Quincy Adams  $200 $711 $783 9 You must login to place a bid.
click to enlarge
Mouse Over to Zoom/Click to Enlarge

#8 - John Quincy Adams Estimate: $1,000+

Adams forbids the Boston Times from publishing his "lecture on the war between Great Britain and China"

ALS signed “J. Q. Adams,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, November 27, 1841. Letter to George Roberts, editor of the Boston Times, about an essay on the First Opium War. In full: "I have seen with great surprise a statement in the Times of this day that the whole of my lecture on the war between Great Britain and China, would be published in the notion of next Friday. I lent the manuscript at your request to Mr. Mason, merely for his perusal, to make from such an abstract as he might have made upon hearing it delivered. When I put the manuscript into his hands, he asked me if I was willing that you should publish the whole I answered explicitly and positively no. That I could consent only to such an abstract as you had requested he might be enabled to make; nor did I even offer to allow him the perusal of any subsequent lecture that I may hereafter deliver on the same subject. I could make no such engagement, having already promised the manuscript to another person. I therefore forbid the publication in the notion of next Friday, which I could not but consider as a violation of the confidence which I had reposed in Mr. Mason, by the loan of the manuscript at your request." Inlaid into a slightly larger sheet. In fine condition, with light adhesive staining to the perimeter.

In 1839, trade tensions between Great Britain and China exploded into the First Opium War. Former president John Quincy Adams sided with the British, commenting that opium was 'a mere incident to the dispute…the cause of the war is the kowtow—the arrogant and insupportable pretensions of China that she will hold commercial intercourse with the rest of mankind not upon terms of equal reciprocity, but upon the insulting and degrading forms of the relations between lord and vassal.' The Royal Navy inflicted a series of decisive defeats to the Chinese, and the Qing Dynasty was forced to sign the Treaty of Nanking in 1842.

This item is Pre-Certified!
Purchase a third-party full letter of authenticity for $75.
No extra postage and no long delays!
Click here if you are interested.


back button
Help links  
Learn more about our autograph authentication experts...
Buyer's Premium   The Bidder acknowledges and agrees that a 25.0% buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price on all individual Timed Auction lots. For additional information view our complete terms and conditions.
Your bid is a contract  Placing a bid online means you agree to abide by the terms and conditions listed by RRAuction.
Payment methods accepted  Money Order, Cashier's Check, Personal Check, or Wire Transfer.
Payment for items won in auction 565 is due by Tuesday, September 24th unless prior arrangements have been made. Late payment may result in suspension of your bidding privileges.
Condition An item’s general condition is rated on an ascending scale of 1 to 4: good, very good, fine, very fine. Additional specific details that would not be obvious from the illustration, if any, are mentioned in the description.
Further descriptions You can call us or email us if you'd like us to answer questions about these items.