[Washington]: 1826. Folio broadside, 18" x 24," printed in six columns beneath caption title. Light foxing, old folds and a little wrinkling, untrimmed [some chipping and closed tears at blank margins]. Good+.
This is perhaps the earliest printing of Adams's Message to Congress. Adams reports on domestic and foreign affairs, all of which are going quite well. He closes with a eulogy to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, each of whom had died five months earlier on July 4. The uncanny event shocked the world, and confirmed Americans' belief that their country was singularly blessed by Providence. President J.Q. Adams celebrates the "blessings of Freedom and Independence, which the sires of a former age had handed down to their children …" Jefferson was "the hand that penned the ever-memorable Declaration", and Adams "the voice that sustained it in debate."
The broadside is signed in type by Adams and dated, "Washington, December 5, 1826."
AI 27313 [1- Huntington]. OCLC 58786413 [2- Huntington, NYHS] as of April 2020. Item #36786