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ORATION ON THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF GILBERT MOTIER DE LAFAYETTE. DELIVERED AT THE REQUEST OF BOTH HOUSES OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, BEFORE THEM, IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT WASHINGTON, ON THE 31st DECEMBER, 1834
Washington, 1835. Contemporary red straight-grained morocco, ruled in gilt, spine elaborately gilt. Slight darkening to boards, but a near fine copy. In a red half morocco and cloth box. A copy of Adams' speech honoring the memory of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. This copy is in a presentation binding of red straight-grained morocco, of the sort favored by the Adams family for decades, and is printed on thick paper. John Quincy Adams devoted his entire career to government service. The son of President John Adams, he himself served as the sixth President, as a U.S. Senator from 1803-8, as Secretary of State from 1817 to 1825, and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1831 until his death in the U.S. Capitol in 1848. Isaac McKim (1775- 1838) served as aide-de-camp to General Samuel Smith during the War of 1812, and was involved in the defense of Baltimore. When Gen. Smith resigned from Congress to take a seat in the Senate, McKim was elected to fill the vacancy. McKim served in the House of Representatives as a Congressman from Maryland from 1823 to 1825 and from 1833 to 1838. He temporarily left national politics to become a director of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from 1827 to 1831, and he was also an officer of the American Society for Colonizing the Free People of Color of the United States. Adams provides a review of Lafayette's contributions to American independence and his activities in the decades after the Revolutionary War, particularly his involvement in the French Revolution and various French governments which followed. In this brief biography, Adams reflects "upon the life and character of a man whose life was, for nearly threescore years, the history of the civilized world - of a man, of whose character, to say that it is indissolubly identified with the Revolution of our Independence, is little more than to mark the features of his childhood - of a man, the personified image of self- circumscribed liberty." An eight-page appendix records Congressional actions related to the death of Lafayette.
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