Washington. Oct. 11, 1822. pp. Minor toning, old folds, two separation neatly mended, tipped to a larger sheet. Very good. Item #WRCAM51282
A warm and conciliatory letter from a future president of the United States to a former president. During his time as Secretary of State under Monroe, Adams writes to Madison at Montpelier. The letter reads, in full: "James Madison Esq Montpelier Virginia Washington 11 October 1822 Dear Sir, In requesting your acceptance of the copy herewith transmitted of a Collection of Documents recently published by me, I think it necessary to ask of your indulgence to overlook that part of it which is personally controversial. The transactions to which it relates having occurred during your Administration and the discussion involving in some degree principles and measures sanctioned by you, I have thought they would not be without interest to you, on that account, as well as because they are of no inconsiderable moment to the permanent welfare of the Union. I have much satisfaction also in being thus offered the occasion of tendering anew the grateful sense I entertain of that public confidence with which you honour’d me at a time when, as now appears, there were not wanting efforts then unknown to me to shake it. I remain with great Respect, Dear Sir, your very faithful and humble Servt. John Quincy Adams." The "Collection of Documents" to which Adams refers was THE DUPLICATE LETTERS, THE FISHERIES AND THE MISSISSIPPI. DOCUMENTS RELATING TO TRANSACTIONS AT THE NEGOTIATION OF GHENT (Washington, 1822; Shoemaker 7740). "This pamphlet was an answer to an attack on Adams by Jonathan Russell over proposals made during the Anglo-American negotiations at Ghent on the subject of the navigation of the Mississippi River. Adams's rebuke was so overwhelmingly successful that thereafter to destroy someone’s reputation before the public was known as to " 'jonathanrussell' someone" (founders.archive.gov/documents/Madison/04-02-02-0506). Madison would have been keenly interested in the work, which did indeed discuss many policies and decisions of his administration. The present letter was previously sold at Parke-Bernet, Nov. 13 1968, lot 4. Mattern, et al, editors, THE PAPERS OF JAMES MADISON, RETIREMENT SERIES 2:586-587.