Library Finds Letter From 6th President

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013  |  Updated 9:58 AM EDT
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Library Finds Letter From 6th President

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John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848), the 6th President of the United States of America and the son of John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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A New Jersey archivist has found a letter from the sixth president, but the library isn't sure how it got there.

Plainfield Public Library's Jeff Wassen recently found the letter from John Quincy Adams in the institution's historical collection. In it, Adams declines an invitation to a Massachusetts anti-slavery society event.

But library officials tell The Home News Tribune they're not clear on how it ended up in New Jersey.

The letter is from the late 1830s, when Adams was in Congress after his presidency ended.

While he said no to attending the event, Adams wrote that he was glad to see the abolition movement spreading, saying “I rejoice that the defense of the cause of human freedom is falling into younger and more vigorous hands.”

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