ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. 1767-1848.
Autograph Letter Signed (J.Q. Adams), 1 p, 4to, Quincy, October 23, 1832, to Mary E. Roberdeau of Philadelphia, thanking her for the gift of a purse, pages creased horizontally and vertically, small cut at center right margin, significant mounting remnants to verso.
Adams writes to a woman who is most likely a descendent of Revolutionary War General Daniel Roberdeau. In part:
your very acceptable present of an elegant and useful purse, the work of your own hands, has reached me safely. Accept
my cordial thanks and be assured that your gift shall be as perpetual an appendage to my person as the Red Ribband of the Bath was to that of Sir William Draper. The linen bag, faithful as it was to keep my portable metallic treasures, is discarded, and if the unfortunate Sailors mark of Moll Thompson should take the place of current coin in my purse, so long as the purse itself shall endure I shall have that in my pocket, which is better than moneya token of your friendly regard.