John Adams to Abigail Adams
Philadelphia June 9. 1795
My Dearest Friend
The Senate are now in Possession of the Budget.— It is a Bone to gnaw for The Aristocrats as well as the Democrats: And while I am employed in attending the Digestion of it, I send you enclosed an Amusement which resembles it only in name.1
I can form no Judgment when the Proscess will be over. We must wait with Patience.
I dined yesterday in the Family Way with The President— He told me that the American Minister, at the Hague, had been very regular and intelligent in his Correspondence. The whole Family made the usual Inquiries concerning You and Sent you the usual Compliments.
Be very carefull, my dearest Friend, of what you Say, in that Circle and City. The Times are perilous.
RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mrs A.”
1. Not found but presumably Part II of A Bone to Gnaw, for the Democrats, Phila., 1795, Evans, description begins Charles Evans and others, American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America [1639–1800], Chicago and Worcester, 1903–1959; 14 vols. description ends No. 28434, in which Peter Porcupine continues his excoriation of the Democrats: “Once more the snarling democratic crew / (To discontent and mischief ever prone) / Show us their fangs, and gums of crimson hue; / Once more, to stop their mouths, I hurl a bone.” For Part I, see JA to WSS, 17 Jan., and note 3, above.