John Quincy Adams: Diary Entries on the Adams-Onís Treaty

(1819)

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February 3.—General Jackson came to my house this morning, and I showed him the boundary line which has been offered to the Spanish Minister.… He said there were many individuals who would take exception to our receding so far from the boundary of the Rio del Norte, which we claim, as the Sabine, and the enemies of the Administration would certainly make a handle of it to assail them: but the possession of the Floridas was of so great importance to the southern frontier of the United States, and so essential even to their safety, that the vast majority of the nation would be...

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