Adams Papers (MHi)

"The Adams Papers project was founded in 1954 to prepare a comprehensive published edition of the manuscripts written and received by the family of John Adams of Quincy, Massachusetts. The Adams Family Papers manuscript collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society forms the nucleus of the project. In addition, the editors have gathered over 27,000 copies of Adams items from hundreds of libraries, institutions, and individuals in the United States and abroad. The project's cut-off date is 1889, the year Abigail Brooks Adams died." http://www.masshist.org/adams_editorial/

"The Adams Family Papers, the most important manuscript collection owned by the Massachusetts Historical Society, contains of an extensive amount of material relating to John Adams (1735-1826), Abigail Adams (1744-1818), and their descendants. The collection, dating from 1639 to 1889, includes correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, literary manuscripts, speeches, legal and business papers, and other documents." http://www.masshist.org/2012/adams/adams-family-papers

Documents in this Collection:

I am about to ask a Favor of you in behalf of an unfortunate Son of mine-he is confined as a Prisoner at Pernambuco in South America, and I fear for his Life as well as personal Liberty. The circumstances of his case are as follows-he sailed as Second mate in a merchant vessel from this point in January 1823, and arrived at Pernambuco some time in February of that year. Soon after his arrival... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
Mr Rodgers is a man of worth & respectability. Can any thing be done for his son.
Sender: MVB
Recipient: John Quincy Adams
You have been one of the commissionners appointed by the State to report the most efficient plan to improve the navigation of the Hudson river; you have, with the other members of that commission, recommended my plan of a lateral ship canal, along the obstructions as the best; you have done more, you have introduced into the Senate of the united states, the Joint resolutions of the two branches... Continue Reading
Recipient: MVB
I take the liberty of troubling you with the perusal of the enclosed letter as the best mode of executing Mr Genets wishes.
Sender: MVB
Recipient: John Quincy Adams
Mr Van Buren accepts with pleasure Mr and Mrs Adams’s polite invitation for Thursday the 5th Inst.
Sender: MVB
Recipient: John Quincy Adams
The writer of the enclosed is a young gentleman of strict integrity. Will you have the goodness to enable me to answer his letter?
Sender: MVB
Recipient: John Quincy Adams