"IF THERE BE AN AMERICAN WHO CAN READ IT WITHOUT TEARS, I AM NOT THAT AMERICAN..."
Letter Signed ("John Adams"), 1 1/8 pp recto and verso, 4to (conjoined leaves), Montezillo, December 23, 1821, to Daniel Webster. Tiny holes at fold intersections, still fine.
Wonderful letter linking two generations of superlative American statesmen. Adams writes to Webster near the beginning of Webster's political career, lauding his speech commemorating the bicentennial of the landing at Plymouth Rock. In part: "It is the effort of a great mind richly stored with every species of information. If there be an American who can read it without tears, I am not that American. It enters more perfectly into the genuine spirit of New England than any production I ever read. The observation on the Greek and Romans, on Colonization in general, on the West Indie Islands- on the past, present and future in America on the slave trade, are sagacious, profound and affecting in a high degree. / Mr Burke is no longer entitled to the praise, 'the most consummate orator of modern times.'"
Published in Private Correspondence of Daniel Webster, Vol I, 1857.