Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Adams, 29 January 1819

Qunicy January 29th 1819

Dear Sir

If I am not humble I ought to be, when I find myself under the necessity of borrowing a juvenile hand to acknowledge your kind favour of the 19th.  I have read your university report throughout with great pleasure and hearty appreciation; Of Tracy’s report I have read as much as I could, the Translation appears to me an original written with all the purity, accuracy, and elegance, of its author in his maturist age if it can destroy the Parasite Institutions of our country it will merit immortal honor.

The Medici rose to the despotism of Europe, ecclesiastical, & political, by the machinery of banks, hundreds of mushrooms or Jonatis gourds have sprung up in one night in America by the strength of the same rotten manure, how has it happened that the bank of Amsterdam has for so many years conducted all most all the commerce of Europe with out making any profit to the proprietors. and how has it happened that religious liberty, fiscal science, coin, & commerce, & every branch of political economy should have been better understood and more honestly practised in that Frog land, than any other country in the World?

Your letter shall be communicated without loss of time to Mr Shaw and consequently a Mr Channing by your friend

John Adams

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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