Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Benjamin Rush, 18 October 1800

October 18: 1800 Quincy

Dear Sir

I received your two favours one of 9 and the other of 13th. I am sorry that you should have felt yourself so wounded tho to be assailed in the house of our Friends is a calamity of the bitterest kind; the President has had no common share of it in this State. Those who have been firm supporters of the administration of Washington, whose voices and pens have uniformly been employed [in h]olding him and his measures in the highest estimation, have become the most inveterate opposers of the President; for no other reason than that he acted contrary to their opinion and wishes, and those with whom they are in strict & close alliance in sending Envoys to France. The newspapers in this State—more particuliarly the Centinal which upon all former occasions has been a supporter of Government & has been upon this occasion devoted to the party who <[. . .]> wish to govern the united States and to bring in to the Government a Man, who as they express themselves, will take counsel. No falshoods which could effect the purpose, has been thought too grose to palm upon the public; as to the Presidents attachment to monarchy, he says he has three times before been tried by his Countrymen upon that Subject, and <if not> so far acquited by them as to be confided in—You perfectly knew his sentiments <upon the subject>. He has publishd them to the whole world, and has seen no cause to alter his opinions—I am < very> Sir very far from distrusting your regard and attachment to a Friend of more than “thirty Summers ripeing” and must have much more credible testimony than mr T Coxs to believe any insinuation which <be> could be made <of your> to your disadvantage. If any measures can drive our countrymen into a wish or desire for monarchy, it is the corruption of morals introduced by frequent Elections, the indecent calumny which tears to peices the Characters <[. . .]> and filches from the most metorious, that which is dearer to them than Life—their good names, that precious ointment which should embalm their memories; this prostration of truth and justice has been the cause in all Ages of producing tyrants, and our Country will in some future day smart under the same lash.

I pray you my dear Sir do not give yourself any further uneasiness upon the Subject of your Letters, which I shall forward to the President, more as proofs of your attachment, than with an intention of removeing any unfavourable impression which the report of Mr Cox could excite.—

Present me affectionatly to mrs Rush and to all your Family and believe me Sincerely your / Friend

A. Adams—

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