August 01, 1828
John Quincy Adams Writes About John Adams
To the great autograph collector, the Reverend William B. Sprague, President John Quincy Adams sends “a specimen of my own signature under a few lines from Pope's Messiah” and explains why he hasn’t an autograph of his father, President John Adams, to spare. “In the last years of his life his eyes and hands had almost ceased to serve him and he dictated even his signatures.”
Autograph Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, quarto, Washington, August 1, 1828. To the Reverend William B. Sprague in West Springfield, Massachusetts. With Free Frank (“J.Q. Adams”) on verso.