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Sale record for Adams letter.

A letter written by John Adams three days before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, predicting "a great expense of blood" to secure freedom from England, sold to an anonymous buyer yesterday for a record $635,000.

The price was a record for a letter by Adams, the second US president.

The July 1, 1776, letter was sent to Archibald Bullock, a former member of the Continental Congress from Georgia. In it, Adams refers to the discussion about the Declaration of Independence - due to begin in Philadelphia that day - as "the greatest debate of all."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 23, 1999
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