Adams Papers

To John Adams from James Ronaldson, 16 February 1820

Philadelphia, Feby. 16th. 1820


In the generation that follows the Heroes and statesmen of the Revolution, General Andrew Jackson is a most distinguished character, one who has laid aside all personal consideration when the interest of his country required the sacrifice.

Under the belief that there exists a fellowship of feeling between strong minds; men who [. . .] acted on the theatre of War & politics; when [. . .], life and reputation were at stake, that they take great interest in each other;—I have taken the liberty of presenting you a Bust of Genl. Jackson, which, I hope will be considered worthy your acceptance; at all events, it is offered as a mark of esteem, gratitude and respect to one who sturdily advocated, signed and uniformly has defended the independence of these states.

It is the work of Rush of Philadelphia; an exact likeness of the original, and a proof that the United States will rank as high amongst the Nations in Arts & Sciences, as in Arms—

With most sincere prayers that you may long enjoy health, happiness and independence, / I am Respectfully

James Ronaldson

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