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1Memorandum, 1789 (Adams Papers)
President. Vice-President. Mr. Langdon 1. Mr. Dalton & Lady 2 Mr. Wingate 1. Mr. Strong 1 Mr. Johnson & Lady 2 Mr. Elmer 1 Mr. Elsworth 1 Mr. Patterson 1 Mr. Morris 1
The more the subject is considered, the sooner all men will be convinced, that human passions are all insatiable; that, instead of being extinguished, moderated, or contented, they always strengthen by indulgence and gratification; and therefore, that the only security against them is in checks, whether in civil or ecclesiastical societies. This is no more true with regard to the love of...
It has been impossible to get time to write you.— Morning, Noon, and Night, has been taken up with Business, or Visits.— Yesterday the President was Sworn, amidst the Acclamations of the People.— But I must refer you to Gazettes & Spectators.— I write this abed.— M r Allen del d. me, Yesterday your Letter.— I like very much your Plan of coming on, with Charles and Thomas, before Commencement....
I have received the letter you did me the honour to write me, on the twenty Seventh of last month, inclosing the Freedom of the City of New Haven elegantly engrossed on Parchment, and authenticated under the Signature of the Mayor, City Clerk and Seal of the City. May I request of you, Sir, to present my best respects and most Sincere thanks to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Councill and...
I must finally conclude to request of you to come on to New York as soon as possible and bring Charles and Thomas both with you if you can— if they cannot come at present let them follow as soon as they can be permitted.— I design they shall both Spend the Vacation here at least.— I want your Advice about furniture and House. bring Polly Taylor with you.— You had better land on Long Island and...
I have recd. with great Pleasure your Letters of 22d. April and 19. March. These important Letters I have not yet had time to answer, but the subjects of them shall be well weighed. I write this to introduce a Neighbour of mine, in Braintree, Captn. Benjamin Beal who is desirous of seeing Philadelphia for the first time. He was born and bred my Neighbour, has followed the sea many years and...
Your favr. of 22 Ult. is recd. I was well aware that many of my Friends and the Well Wishers to good Govt., would be prevented from making their Compliments to me, on my Departure, by their Alienation from the House from Which I Set off: but perhaps their delicacy, upon that occasion, was too great. The Duty of 6 Cents on Mollasses, appears to me to be generally reprobated at present as too...
Every Thing has happened, as I could wish Since I left you, excepting the delay of making Provision for my Subsistance; and this has proceeded from an Uncertainty what they ought to do. I am very easy on that Point, as I am determined to live in Proportion to my allowance, I beg leave to mention one Thing, which may be of Some consequence, both to the Public and to me.—If Thomas would...
I have received your kind favour of April 22d and shall not be easy till it is answered, though it is not easy to find the time, amidst the Confusion of innumerable visits, formal Ceremonials, Balls, Commencements, Levies, &ca &ca, blended with the constant more serious Duties of my Situtation.—I agree with you entirely, that among the first dangers to be apprehended is a contest between the...
Thank you for your favour of the 28 ult. There is an entire harmony, between the two Persons you Speak of and there is no probability of its interruption. The first is modest and the Second at least shall be unasuming. The Constitution has furnished him with a justification of a executives conduct, and imposed it on him as a duty. Caesar would never have been displeased at a Compliment on his...