PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. [caption title, followed by Adams’s second “State of the Union” address, printed in three columns, preceded by two paragraphs of introductory material, explaining its publication in this format]. Signed in type at the end “John Adams.”. John ADAMS, 2nd President of the United States.

PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. [caption title, followed by Adams’s second “State of the Union” address, printed in three columns, preceded by two paragraphs of introductory material, explaining its publication in this format]. Signed in type at the end “John Adams.”

Providence, (RI): Printed by Carter and Wilkinson, 1798. Printed broadside, 17 ¼ x 11 ¼ inches, the title in bold capitals. Adams emphasizes four main points, (1) controlling the “sicknesses” that ravaged the eastern coastal cities in 1797 through commercial travel, (2) dealing with the “French” problem that eventually led to the “Quasi War,” (3) securing the southern border with Spain by solving the ameliorating dissatisfaction among the Mississippi Indian tribes with American outposts in Natchez and other spots along the Mississippi River, and (4) delivering the news that a settlement with Great Britain had finally been achieved in running a border between Maine and Canada. As for building up the military, “We ought, without loss of time, to lay the foundation for an increase in our navy, to a size sufficient to guard our coast and protect our trade … it is expected that the raising and organizing of the troops will proceed without obstacle and with effect.” Evans 34833 (Rhode Island Historical Society only). Alden 1601 (Rhode Island Historical Society, John Carter Brown). Folded, some foxing, two ink calculations on verso. A very good untrimmed, wide-margined copy of a rare printing of John Adams’s second State of the Union message. Item #65747

Price: $1,500.00