Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1839. 8vo. 24 pages. Stitched, unopened. Some light browning and foxing, pale dampstain at top of front wrapper affecting inscription (but still clear and legible). Item #408248
SUPERB PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO JOHN QUINCY ADAMS on the front wrapper: "President Adams with the best respects of Edward Everett." After his presidency, Adams was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1831-48). Everett had been one of Adams' strongest advocates in Congress, one of the so-called "Adams-men" that championed his northern voice against that of Andrew Jackson. This annual address to the Massachusetts Senate was made while Everett was Governor, a position he held from 1836-40. Abolition and temperance were two dominant issues late in his administration, and played a role in his defeat in the 1839 election later in the year. Both subjects were addressed in these remarks to the Senate.