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To James Madison from John Quincy Adams, 5 May 1824

From John Quincy Adams

Washington 5 May 1824.

Dear Sir

I take the liberty of introducing to your acquaintance, the bearer, Mr Coolidge, of Boston,1 a young Gentleman of highly respectable character & connections, who from motives, which I am happy to have it in my power to gratify, is anxious of obtaining an introduction to you. I am with the highest respect, Dear Sir, your very humble & obedt. Servt.

Letterbook copy (MHi: Adams Papers).

1Joseph Coolidge Jr. (1798–1879), a Harvard graduate and Boston merchant, who specialized in the China trade and lived many years in Canton, married Thomas Jefferson’s granddaughter, Ellen Wayles Randolph, in 1825 (Aïda DiPace Donald and David Donald, eds., Diary of Charles Francis Adams [8 vols. to date; Cambridge, Mass., 1964—], 2:160 n. 2; George Green Shackelford, ed., Collected Papers to Commemorate Fifty Years of the Monticello Association of the Descendants of Thomas Jefferson [Princeton, N.J., 1965], 89–99).

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