1 page, 4to (7 5/8 x 5½ in.), evidently a leaf from an album, very minor toning and slight foxing along edges." /> ADAMS, John Quincy (1767-1848). Autograph manuscript signed ("John Quincy Adams"), as Congressman, Washington, 1 May 1836. <I>1 page, 4to (7 5/8 x 5½ in.), evidently a leaf from an album, very minor toning and slight foxing along edges</I>.|
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    ADAMS, John Quincy (1767-1848). Autograph manuscript signed ("John Quincy Adams"), as Congressman, Washington, 1 May 1836. 1 page, 4to (7 5/8 x 5½ in.), evidently a leaf from an album, very minor toning and slight foxing along edges.

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    ADAMS, John Quincy (1767-1848). Autograph manuscript signed ("John Quincy Adams"), as Congressman, Washington, 1 May 1836. 1 page, 4to (7 5/8 x 5½ in.), evidently a leaf from an album, very minor toning and slight foxing along edges.

    "...AND SPRINKLED WITH MY BLOOD THE ROSE..."

    Deeply embroiled in his epic legislative fight in the House against the Southern gag rule, and the expansion of the slave power, Congressman John Quincy Adams pens this original homage to Shakespeare's character Miranda from The Tempest, entitled "The Rose and Thorn":

    "Miranda's bosom to adorn As late a child of Spring I chose, Deep in my finger pierc'd the thorn And sprinkled with my blood the Rose And Oh! may such forever be Miranda's lot compar'd with mine; Be all the thorns of life for me, So all its roses may be thine."
    After his signature Adams dates the poem, "Old May-day 1836. Washington." Adams was a great admirere of Shakespeare and a life-long student of literature. A fine example of his poetic interests.


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