To Timothy Pickering
[New York, May 14, 1800]
My Dear Sir
I perceive that you as well as McHenry are quitting the Administration.1 I am not informed how all this has been, though I conjecture. Allow me to suggest, that you ought to take with you copies and extracts of all such documents as will enable you to explain both Jefferson & Adams. You are aware of a very curious journal of the latter when he was in Europe,2 a tissue of weakness and vanity.
The time is coming when men of real integrity & energy must unite against all Empirics.
T. Pickering Esq.
ALS, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.
2. When John Adams was in Europe serving as a peace commissioner during the American Revolution, he recorded the proceedings of the peace negotiations in his diary, and beginning in November, 1782, he sent extracts of this journal with his official dispatches to the American Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Robert R. Livingston. For these extracts and an explanation of the controversy surrounding the presentation of them to the Continental Congress, see Lyman H. Butterfield, ed., Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, 4 vols. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1961).