Adams Papers

To John Adams from Ezra Stiles, 28 February 1788

Yale College Febry 28th. 1788.


Last sumer I wrote you acknowledging the Receipt of the Abbe Mably’s Pamphlet, and your Letter accompanying it. On the 19th. Inst. I received the two Volumes of your Letters in a most neat & elegant Edition, thro’ the Hands of Mr Andrew Craige of New York. I am greatly honored by these repeated Testimonials of your Excellencys Friendship. These last Volumes shew a more thorough Investigation upon the Policies of antient & modern States, then has I believe ever been made before. It is with Pleasure that I observe your leading Ideas have given the Complexion to the Constitution of the State of the Massachusetts formerly, and now lately to the new improved Polity of the Federal Constitution, already adopted by six States of the Union; and which I hope will be finally adopted by all the States. For altho’ a perfect System of Policy may not yet be investigated, and if investigated could perhaps not be introduced to general Reception without some unhappy Alterations; yet we have to rejoyce that Liberty & public Right are so well established, and an efficacious Government & competent unfrustrable Revenue, for the public Purposes of the Union, are so well secured & provided for as we find in the new fœderal Constitution. I do not hear that Hampshire Convention, now sittg, hath come to a Decision. But we have good Imforma that they will adopt it. NYork & Pensylvla have delayed. But we believe will finally acceed. Be pleased to accept my thanks for your kind & most acceptable Present. I have the honor to be / Sir, Your most obedt Servt

Ezra Stiles

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