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Lot 0435
(1767-1848). Sixth President of the United States (1825-29). As secretary of state under Monroe, considered one of the most able to hold that office, he was the actual author of the Monroe Doctrine. Rare Autograph Music, unsigned, 2pp on single sheet, 9"x 5¼". Two long double staves of music handwritten and titled by Adams "Lesson by Morelli" and a double stave titled "York Fuzileers." On verso are two double staves titled "Handel's Clarinett" and a double stave titled "The Wanderer." Lower right corner of sheet lacking with attendant loss of small ¾" bar of the conclusion of "York Fuzileers" and ¾" of the beginning of the second bar of "The Wanderer." Penned vertically at left marginal edge is a ca. 19th century notation in unidentified hand: "From a book of flute music copied / by John Q Adams Newbury Port 1782." The music was most probably penned by Adams at Harvard, 1786-87, while he was studying the flute, but may have been written at Newburyport while studying law. Light scattered foxing; mounting remnants at right corners of verso; else near Fine condition. Adams' handwriting on these two pages of music is identical to his penmanship in his late teens and twenties, far different from his 1782 handwriting when he was 15, as compared to his diary included in the Adams Family Papers. Admitted to Harvard on Mar 15, 1786, as a junior, Adams graduated on Jul 18, 1787, a week after his 20th birthday. While at Harvard, he learned to play the flute. Included are photocopies of Apr 19 and 27, 1786 entries in his diary in which he writes: "amused myself with reading, writing, & taking lessons on the flute, which I have lately begun to learn" and "Spent my Time in writing, reading, & playing on the flute." Adams left Boston for Newburyport in Sep 1787 where he studied law under Theophilus Parsons, future Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Of note, on Mar 18, 1795, Adams, in his diary from The Hague, wrote in part, "I am extremely fond of music, and by dint of great pains have learnt to blow very badly the flute. But could never learn to perform upon the violin, because I never could acquire the art of putting the instrument in tune. That I console myself with the idea of being an American and therefore not susceptible of great musical powers; though I must do my countrymen the justice to say that few of them are so very dull as this. That I know many who had a musical ear, and could tune an instrument with little or no instruction at all." Splendid intimate example penned by the young future President.

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Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Feb 13, 2011