Notes on Comments by John Adams
[1–14 Jan. 1799]
In a conversation with Dr. Ewen, who told the Presidt one of his sons was an Aristocrat the other a Democrat, the P. asked if it was not the youngest who was the Democrat. yes, said Ewen. well said the Presidt. a boy of 15. who is not a democrat is good for nothing. & he is no better who is a democrat at 20. Ewen told Hurt, and Hurt told me.
MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 105:17951); entirely in TJ’s hand, including date added in margin: “1799. Jan.”; written on same sheet as, and previous to, Notes on Comments by Timothy Pickering and John Adams, 14 Jan. 1799.
Dr. Ewen: John Ewing. The Reverend John Hurt, a former chaplain of Virginia and U.S. troops, was an acquaintance and political supporter of TJ (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962, 27 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 5 vols. description ends , 13:233; 17:387, 388n; Heitman, Dictionary description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army …, Washington, D.C., 1903, 2 vols. description ends , 1:559; Hurt to TJ, 31 Aug. 1801).