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1821 - John Quincy Adams Double Signed Document
to Legendary Associate US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Storey

Item Ref:  BSL - J. Q. Adams 1821


Secretary of State John Quincy Adams Signs and Free Franks this Official Resolution of Congress to the Legendary US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Storey. Adams has signed the Document as Secretary of State. He has also signed his name and handwritten "Dept. of State" on the address face of the folded document as a "Free Frank".

Adams' Free Frank


Adams' Signature as Secretary of State

Signed Seal

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)
Sixth President (1825-1829)

Joseph Story (1779 - 1845),
Associate Justice U.S. Supreme Court
(1811 - 1845)

American jurist Joseph Story
Joseph Storey

Historical Note

The first President who was the son of a President, John Quincy Adams in many respects paralleled the career as well as the temperament and viewpoints of his illustrious father. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1767, he watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penn's Hill above the family farm. As secretary to his father in Europe, he became an accomplished linguist and assiduous diarist.

After graduating from Harvard College, he became a lawyer. At age 26 he was appointed Minister to the Netherlands, then promoted to the Berlin Legation. In 1802 he was elected to the United States Senate. Six years later President Madison appointed him Minister to Russia.

Serving under President Monroe, Adams was one of America's great Secretaries of State, arranging with England for the joint occupation of the Oregon country, obtaining from Spain the cession of the Florida's, and formulating with the President the Monroe Doctrine.

1 page Document Signed and Dated: August 8, 1821

Joseph Story was born at Marblehead, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale in 1798, was admitted to the bar at Salem, Mass., in 1801, and soon attained eminence in his profession. He was a member of the Democratic party and served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1805-1808 and in 1810-1812 for two terms as speaker and was a representative in Congress from December 1808 to March 1809.

In November 1811, at the age of thirty-two, he became, by President Madison's appointment, the youngest appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. This position he retained until his death. Here he found his true sphere of work. The traditions of the American people, their strong prejudice for the local supremacy of the states and against a centralized government, had yielded reluctantly to the establishment of the Federal legislative and executive in 1789. The Federal judiciary had been organized at the same time but had never grasped the full measure of its powers.

Soon after Story's appointment the Supreme Court began to bring out into plain view the powers which the United States Constitution had given it over state courts and state legislation. The leading place in this work belongs to Chief Justice John Marshall, but Story has a very large share in that remarkable series of decisions and opinions, from 1812 until 1832, by which the work was accomplished. In addition to this he built up the department of admiralty law in the United States federal courts; he devoted much attention to equity jurisprudence and rendered invaluable services to the department of patent law. In 1819 he attracted much attention by his vigorous charges to grand juries, denouncing the slave trade and in 1820 he was a prominent member of the Massachusetts Convention called to revise the state constitution.

Document Specifications:
Document signed by John Quincy Adams two times as Secretary of State, one sheet folded to form four pages, each page measuring 8" wide x 10" tall (203mm x 252mm). Printed Resolution and signature on one page. On another page is the address panel with J.Q. Adams' Free Frank signature and the words "Dept. of State" and a Postal Handstamp "FREE" in black as well as a red wax seal with another J.Q. Adams signature, in likely another hand, possibly a docketing notation. The Letter is addressed to Joseph Storey, Esq., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Salem Mass. Very good, bold dark signatures of Adams. A slight tear in left margin where wax seal was broken not affecting printed document or signature. One slight oxidized word penetration on address panel away from signature.

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