Adams Papers

From John Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 6 September 1800

Quincy Sept 6th 1800

Dear Sir

I am greatly pleased with your letter of the 30 Aug. Every part of it shows a sound understanding & a manly honest heart. Your conduct at the meetings was wise as well as generous. Never mind majorities. Weigh well & judge right & never fear being in a minority. You are right to mix with your fellow citizens at their invitation to their consultations. Although Horatius has sacrificed to the charm of a name, his numbers upon the whole are excellent. The last particularly is the truest representation of the Embassy to France, that I have seen & the clearest justification of it. I have no objection to your hope, that the types will never be unsett. I had no idea that I ever wrote so long a letter to that confidential friend & assistant of Secretary Hamilton. But upon reading it 8 or 9 years after, I had forgotten it I dislike it less than I do most of my productions. There is a sportive playfull vein runs through the whole letter a few strokes of satirical humor, that if they are understood ought to have good effect. The comments are curious but they will take with the fools & knaves for whom they are intended. Your letters give us all so much delight that I pray you to be as generous as you can afford time to your affectionate father.

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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