Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Jeremy Belknap, 14 June 1798

[ante 14 June 1798]

dear Sir

The president has just received a Letter from mr A at Berlin an extract of which he has allowd me to transcribe & communicate to you, that if you consider <it of> the publication of use <it> as of use, you are at Liberty to do it, as a communication to be relied upon, but the Name of the writer you will not make publick. this information so perfectly corresponds with a work lately <pub> printed here, calld proofs of a conspiracy against all the Religions and governments of Europe (By John Robison AM professor of natural philosophy & secretary to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.) that it must be a part of the Same System aimed at <our> the Religion & Government of our Country. Volneys <b> buisness here is undoubtedly to carry on the Same Scheme.

I think from the manner in which mr Adams writes, that he could not have had the work here mentiond. it was publishd at Edinburgh <on septr> the last Septr least it should not have reachd you I take the Liberty of sending you copy as it ought to be in the hands of every Man of Science as a key to the Revolutions which have <taken place> astonishd the world, and as a proof that Religion & Government are so intimately connected, that it is impossible for them to Stand Seperately and alone—if this work Should already be in your possession I will ask the favour of you to send this to mr Cranch

with my affectionate regard to mrs Belnap / I am sir with Sentiments of respect and / Esteem Your Humble Servant

A Adams—

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there is no doubt that the French are indefatigebly working to raise an insurection at Hamburgh against the present Government. among the means they are useing for the purpose I Shall particularly <I Shall> notice at present only the establishment of a theophilanthropical Society there. perhaps you know who the theophilanthropican are better than I do. it is a Theological and political mixture of deism morality Anti Christianity and revolution, that the doctrine preaches. It is under the Special encouragement & protection of the French directory. Lareveillere <de> Lepaux is one of its founders Larevillere is a professed & bitter Enemy of Christianity against which he has read a long and tedious dissertation to the National Institute.—I shall further remark here, that the paris prints have lately asserted that dupont de Nemours is going to America with the intention of Sitting up there a theophilanthropical Society & that he has been to the Society at paris to request of them a copy of that containing their doctrines and constitutions. dupont de Nemours you remember was one of the unfortunate members of the Legislative Assembly upon whom the fructidorian Revolution fell—He was not however like the others, condemned to transportation or even expelled: he was sufferd to resign his seat & by yealding to the torrent escaped its most destructive fury he is the man who <while told> while a member of the Legislature was so anxious to have France persue a system of concilation toward the Americans so as to induce them to <choice> chuse for <a> their president a man devoted to France. if dupont is going to America with the design mentiond above he has made his peace with the directory, & will be a diligent Servant to them on the other Side of the atlantic

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