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MR. CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS (statesman no. 126, Vanity fair, October 5, 1872.; Vanity Fair Lithographic portrait mounted with an autograph letter


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The lithographic portrait is mounted with an als from Adams dated from 1848. The letter is to Hon. Joshua Bates and thanks him for a pamphlet Bates had written about Adams's father and says that he is sending Bates the pamphlets he had requested. From Wikipedia: "Charles Francis Adams Sr. (August 18, 1807 - November 21, 1886) was an American historical editor, politician and diplomat. He was a son of President John Quincy Adams and grandson of President John Adams, of whom he wrote a major biography. Adams served in the Massachusetts State Senate, before running unsuccessfully as vice-presidential candidate for the Free Soil Party in the election of 1848. During the Civil War Adams served as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom under Abraham Lincoln, where he played a key role in keeping Britain neutral while southern agents were trying to achieve official recognition of the Confederacy. That meant conducting dialogue with both sides and monitoring the British connection in the supply of commerce raiders. He became an overseer of Harvard University, and built Adams National Historical Park, a library in honor of his father in Quincy, Massachusetts." Bates was born in Commercial St., Weymouth, Massachusetts. Early in his career he worked for William Gray, owner of Gray's Wharf in Charlestown. A merchant and a banker, in 1828 Bates became associated with the great house of Baring Brothers & Co. of London, of which he eventually became the senior partner. He was arbitrator of the commission convened in 1853 to settle the claims of American citizens arising from the War of 1812. In 1852 he founded the Boston Public Library by giving $50,000 for that purpose, with the provision that the interest of the money should be expended for books of permanent value, and that the city should make adequate provision for at least 100 readers. He afterward gave 30,000 volumes to the institution, the main hall ("Bates Hall") of which is named after him. Bates was prominent among expatriate Americans in London in the years before and during the Civil War, including diplomats Charles Francis and Henry Adams, and was active in support of the Union cause.". Bookseller Inventory # 57014

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Title: MR. CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS (statesman no. 126...

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1848.

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