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John Quincy Adams Autographed and Signed Address

Autographed Address Signed on a sheet, 5" x 2.75". Signed by John Quincy Adams "J.Q. Adams" along the upper right corner with the address also in the hand of Adams "George Joy Esq. / 12 Paper Buildings- Middle Temple / London". Fine condition.

Joy was a young man when the Revolution broke out in Boston. While he did not share his father’s Loyalism, he and the entire family fled the upheaval, first visiting British-occupied New York (where George apparently was able to act on his own political sentiments by aiding American prisoners), then moving to Halifax, and finally to London. He became involved in business, but after 1805 he spent much of his time as a self-appointed champion of American neutral rights. Besides writing newspaper essays and pamphlets, Joy sent turgid letters of friendly advice to American leaders (including J.Q. Adams). Numerous letters extant are known to exist between these two men during the period of circa 1812, mostly discussing the deteriorating state of British-American relations.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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