Correspondence between John Quincy Adams, Esquire President of the United States and Several Citizens of Massachusetts concerning the Charge of a Design to Dissolve the Union alleged to have Existed in that State.

Boston: Press of the Boston Daily Advertiser, L. L. Lewis, Printer, 1829.

Price: $200.00

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First edition, with a period in imprint at end of “Congress-street”. Pp. 80. 1 vols. 8vo. Later plain brown wrappers, uncut. Some creases, short marginal tears of a few pages, some light discoloration and soiling, else a very good copy. AI 37362; Howes A68; Sabin 275 which notes “With an Appeal to the Citizens of the United States” by Franklin Dexter in the title. This copy does not have this in the title but there is a final comment by Dexter at the end of this pamphlet.

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The previous October the National Intelligencer had contained a statement made by the President denouncing “certain citizens of Massachusetts as having been engaged in a design to produce a dissolution of the Union, and the establishment of a separate Confederation. As no individual was named in that communication, a few citizens of Boston and its vicinity, who supposed that they or their friends might be considered by the public, if not intended by Mr. Adams, to be implicated as parties to the alleged conspiracy, thought proper to address to him…asking for such a specification of the charge and of the evidence” To this they received a reply which refused to provide the information. The Massachusetts party consisted of H. G. Otis, Israel Thorndike, T. H. Perkins, William Prescott, Daniel Sargent, John Lowell, William Sullivan, Charles Jackson, Warren Dutton, Benjamin Pickman, Henry Cabot and C. C. Parsons.