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Sale 2394 Lot 123
ALBUM OF JOHN ADAMS'S GRANDDAUGHTER, INCLUDING HIS AUTOGRAPH (ALBUM--JOHN ADAMS.) Autograph album kept by President John Adams's granddaughter, Abby S. Smith, containing over 40 items Signed, or Signed and Inscribed, by two U.S. presidents, relatives, and friends, mostly quotations of works by others or longish sentiments, including an original Autograph Poem Signed by John Quincy Adams. Written on recto and verso, usually one to a page, many spanning multiple pages. 4to, 1/4 cloth, worn; hinges cracked, few loose gatherings, scattered short closed tears at edges, scattered faint offsetting, etching of John Adams pasted to front free endpaper, Abby S. Adams's owner inscription on front free endpaper. Vp, 1822-28
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000
John Adams. Inscription Signed, "To my Granddaughter A S Adams / A lady, of modesty, discretion, and dignity . . . ." Np, nd * John Quincy Adams. Autograph Poem Signed and Inscribed, "To my dear Niece / Abby S. Adams," untitled, four stanzas beginning: "To fill thy page beloved Maid . . . ." 1 page; on verso is written a poem in another hand. Quincy, 19 September 1823. Published with a few changed lines in the New York Mirror, January 7, 1837. Only two other manuscript examples located, both in the Adams Family Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society * Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams. Autograph Poem Signed, "Louisa C. Adams," entitled "Lines on an unfortunate female," 4 stanzas. 1 1/2 pages, written on recto and verso of a leaf. Np, nd * George Washington Adams. Autograph Poem Inscribed and Signed, "George W Adams," to [his cousin], untitled, 8 couplets beginning "There's a voice in my heart." 1 1/2 pages, written on recto and verso of a leaf. Quincy, 24 September 1823 * Thomas Boylston Adams (2). First, Autograph Note Signed, to his daughter, 30 lines on how he has nothing to write that would please a teenager. Second, Autograph Manuscript Signed, "Thomas B Adams," essay in 33 lines on the virtues of civilization. Np, 21 August 1922; Quincy, 12 October 1824 * Ann Harrod Adams. Autograph Inscription Signed, "Your ever affectionate Mother / A Adams," two pages of advice on living an upstanding life. Quincy, 26 September 1822 * Rufus Dawes. Autograph Poem Signed, entitled "The Galley Slave," 14 stanzas. Washington, 31 December 1827 * Charles Sprague. Autograph Poem Signed, entitled "Ode," 5 stanzas. Boston, nd * others.
Abigail Smith Adams (1806-1845) was the granddaughter of President John Adams, and daughter of Thomas Boylston Adams and Ann Harrod; she married John Angier in 1831.Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $12,500