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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Adams, John, Pres. U. S., 1735–1826.
Papers of John Adams.
(The Adams papers: Series III, General correspondence and other papers of the Adams
1. United States—Politics and government—Colonial period, ca. 1600–1775—Sources. 2.
Massachusetts—Politics and government—Colonial period, ca. 1600–1775—Sources. 3. United
States—Politics and government—Revolution, 1775–1783—Sources. 4. United States—Politics
and government—1783–1809—Sources. 5. Presidents—United States—Correspondence. 6. Adams,
John, Pres. U. S., 1735–1826. I. Taylor, Robert Joseph. 1917– II. Series.
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