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Chase, John
Autograph Letter Signed, Washington City March 4, 1825 to Benjamin Chase, Chester, New Hampshire

quarto, three pages, plus address leaf, few splits along folds, some very minor loss at fold joints, roughly opened, otherwise in good legible condition.

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“Dear Brother,

Having an opportunity to send a few lines by Govr. Bell I shall write a few words to you on politicks supposing you take some notice of passing events. And in the 1st place I would Congratulate you on the happy termination of the Presidential election of the triumph of pure patriotism and love of Country over faction, intrigue, sectional feelings & prejudice in the elevation of the Honr. J. Q. Adams to that office for although Jackson had majority over Mr. A. in the electoral college yet it very certain if the votes of the people had been given to Mr. Jackson and Mr. Adams exclusively Mr. Adams would have received a good majority over his opponent. The friends of Jackson has made a great outcry against Mr. Clay and have gone so far in Pittsburg as to burn his effigy and without doubt the principle is in them if they could with impunity burn him to the stake but thank God we are governed and protected by the good and wholesome laws of our beloved country. If ever our Country is destroyed as without doubt it will be, it will be by factions of the like characters as these Creamer, Eastman, Root, &c &c. -  When such men as these can by slander, lies, deception, intrigue with all the machinations of their Father whose they are when they can by these obtain the ascendancy and promote to office whom they will in opposition to the will of the people then will the fair foundation of our Republic crumble but we may trust that so long as our countrymen are well informed these cannot triumph or if they do it will be only for a season. We may I presume depend on the administration which Adams will form or if it should prove false the people will most certainly rally round their liberty pole and show their disapprobation by his removal after 4 years. I believe it is generally believed by all considerate, candid and discerning Men that Mr. Creamer has been but a Cats paw  by some hot headed politicians friend to Jackson or Crawford & to be being disappointed will try every scheme to blasting the good name and fair gained laurels of their opponents. You will see by the papers that Mr. Creamer has been guilty of double dealing stating at one time and at another denying it and that the whole of his conduct has been one train of inconsistency and it is my candid belief that he has blasted His Character forever. We have already enough crooked, knotty & unprofitable stuff here and I would advise you not to disgrace N. Hampshire by sending any more to augment that stock, for I learn that the Hon. Mr. Eastman is a Representative elect you had better keep him at home for it is my opinion that the state is better without any Representative than to disgrace itself by sending a person who is guilty of such bearfaced Falsehoods. Com. Porter arrived in the City the 2nd from the M. T. The grievous news of the Capture of the Spanish Army Comd by Cantrae in Peru has arrived officially from Comd. Hull to our Government. The Greeks have succeeded beyond all Calculation the past Season and the Genius of Liberty is thus extending the Banner not only in the happy Clime of the New World but in rekindling the flame on those shores where it has long lain humbled. May it please God to Prosper them and may the happy effects of this liberty spread from shore to shore till tyranny shall be no more –

The South Americans have most gloriously fought and conquered. North America (that is) the U. S. feeling the sympathies of a sister in Distress ever the first to acknowledge their sovereignty and to the praise & honor of England she has come to the resolution to acknowledge their Independence as according to the last accounts she has done of Colombia, Mexico & Buenos Ayres and it is likely that Peru will shortly follow.

I shall here conclude this scrall. I have just come from the most august ceremony ever witnessed by any people. That is the Inauguration to office of the President of the United States I shall not here give an account of the proceedings, but shall if time permits write a sheet to Father and give some faint idea of it and shall also send by Govr Bell some papers and also the President’s speech. …”