John Quincy Adams letter, 1819 Aug. 23.


Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848. John Quincy Adams letter, 1819 Aug. 23.

John Quincy Adams letter, 1819 Aug. 23.


ALS written as U.S. secretary of state to Alexander H. Everett, U.S. chargé d'affaires at the Hague. Topics include Florida; Pensacola; St. Augustine; U.S. treaties, diplomacy, and foreign affairs; Spanish colonialism; the Adams-Onís Treaty; and whether the Spanish king, Ferdinand VII, will ratify the treaty, versus obtaining Florida by other means. Persons represented include President James Monroe, U.S. minister to Spain John Forsyth, and Spanish foreign minister Luis de Onís. Adams writes in part, "Should the opinion of Congress concur with that of the President, possession will be taken of Florida, without any views of Hostility to Spain. . . . It is not the intention of the United States to disturb the peace of Europe."

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