Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to John Quincy Adams, 28 February 1800

Philadelphia Feb’ry. 28 1800

My dear Son

The Prussian Consul General has just calld upon me to inform me, that he Shall proceed to Nyork on Monday, and from thence embark for England on his Way to Berlin. He has politely offerd to be the bearer of any packet I may wish to convey to you. I embrace the opportunity of Sending you Some News papers and pamphlets, a number of which are orations, upon the Character of the late General Washington—to see a person direct from your native Country, & from the Seat of Government, possesst of information, & capable of communicating to you the most interesting occurrences, is a pleasure which you seldom enjoy in your present Residence. I hope this Gentleman will have a speedy passage, and a personal interveiw. he carries with him the Ratification of the Treaty between the united States, and Prussia—which received the sanction of 20 out of 26 Members of the Senate. whilst The Treaty was under consideration, an Anti Member, proposed a Resolution, that the President Should be requested to lay before them. the instructions and correspondence between mr A and the Secretary of State. this Was done no doubt with a view to find something to cavil at and to Serve as an Electionering project, no movement of that party now, which does not keep that in view—P——y of C——a said he was desirious of seeing the correspondence because he had heard, that mr A, in some of his Letters had censured, or did not approve of the Measures of Government. how that, had it been true, could have any thing to do with this treaty, I leave the mover to find out. The Resolution came. the P. was very wroth, but orderd the papers Sent, the result was, to the great mortification of the party—and a declaration from some members who opposed the treaty that it was ably conducted, and it past without a word more of opposition—I think I Sent you by mr Sitgreaves Randolphs pamphlet or by some conveyance to Holland, Priestlys pamphlets &c. I now send you Websters Letters in reply—

We have not any Letters from you of a later date than the 30 October. I have read one from you to the Secretary of State of Nov’br 15th—I find by that Letter, that the Revolution explosion, or by Whatever name call’d, which took place in Paris upon the ninth of the Month, was not known to you at the time of your writing, tho you appear to foresee Some changes of moment. the Consul–ship has astonished the Republicans in this country, as they stile themselves. they are almost ready to believe that their dear Sister Republic, has become a Military Despotism—They dread the influence of this change upon the Government of this Country. they fear that monarchy in France Will be the concequence the Consulship for ten years.! oh they Shake their Heads. Bets have been laid to a large amount, that the Consul will not exist a year—

The result is past calculation. time only can disclose what the future will be.

The old Dominion is progressing fast by her politicks to a State of Warfare against the federal Government. Should the approaching Election correspond With the views and hopes of that party—the concequences to our Country will, not be peace or happiness I fear, the Union will Shake to the center.

The public papers I send will give you some knowledge of the politicks of this State. divided against itself: Party Spirit is fomenting betterness, wrath and every evil work—

In Congress the Spirit of party has not yet exhibited much warmth. whether the Session will Terminate with as much coolness, as it has heitherto exhibited, I cannot determine. the System which the Jacobins are persueing is that of Erecting numerous printing presses in Virgina, and the Southern States, Where they promulgate and circulate all manner of calumny against the Army the officers of Government & the administration of it—there they fear no Sedition Law, no jury <and> would be returnd to convict them—by this engine they hope and expect to carry their measures—the Government have not a single paper in which any defence is even attempted—We Shall See to What all this tends

Porcupines paper, Which was once the greatest Scourge they felt or feard, by becomeing the mere tool of the British party, ruind itself with all True American’s Fennoes addopted too much the Same principel, and became the Servile imitator of Porcupine—

I have the pleasure of forwarding by this opportunity Letters to your Louisa from her Friends in George Town with my Love to her, and my congratulations upon her becomeing an Aunt.

Your Sister is still with me and Sends her Love to you and her Sister. I expect a visit from mrs Johnson in the course of the next Month. Your Father would write to you, but it is with so much restraint that it is a task to him to undertake it—

With Sincere and cordial / affection I am as ever— / Yours &c

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