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John Adams and the Writing of the History of the American Revolution

From: Adams Papers | Papers of John Adams | Volume 14 | John Adams and the Writing of the History of the American Revolution

Mr. Marmontel a l’honneur de faire mille complimens a Monsieur Adams, et de lui renvoyer l’excellente lettre qu’il a eu la bonté de lui confier’. Elle lui fait sentir plus que jamais l’extreme besoin qu’il a de ses secours et de ses lumieres pour etre en etat d’écrire passablement l’histoire de la grande revolution, qui fait la gloire de l’Amerique septentrionale et qui assure son bonheur. Mr....
L’ABBE DE MABLY est bien faché de ne s’etre pas trouvé chez lui quand Monsieur Adams lui a fait l’honneur d’y passer. Il a celui de lui remettre l’ecrit qu’il a addresse: jamais l’Abbé de Mably ne s’est proposé d’écrire l’histoire de la revolution d’Amerique, il seroit mort avant que d’avoir rassemblé la moitié des materiaux d’ún si important ouvrage. Il sera tres obligé à Monsieur Adams s’il...
Actuellement vous êtes entierement livré au grand interêt des nations. Vous travaillez à rendre à l’univers le-repos que vous n’avez pas pu contribué à lui ôter; les avantages que la liberté Américaine va rendre désormais & pour tous les siecles à l’humanité, compenseront Sans doute les maux éphemeres qu’elle a causés: un philosophe plus subtil que moi vous prouverait peut-être que ces maux...
It was with Pleasure, that I learn’d your Design of Writing upon the American Revolution, because your other Writings which are much admired by the Americans, contain Principles of Legislation, Polity and Negotiation perfectly conformable to theirs: so that it is impossible for you to write upon the Subject without producing a Work which will be entertaining an instructive to the Public, and...
In the letter which I did myself the honor to write you, on the 15 th. I did not think proper to mention myself, or any writings of mine, while I was enumerating those original Documents for history, which are already in print. But as I have been constantly an Actor, in the American Controversy & Revolution, in some Capacity or other, fm. the year 1761. and, altho’ constantly much oppressed...
6Editorial Note (Adams Papers)
John Adams had long contemplated the manner in which the history of the American Revolution, and his role in it, should be presented to his own and succeeding generations. Adams’ care in preserving his papers and keeping Letterbooks attests to his concern that an accurate record be preserved for future historians. Since his return to Europe in late 1779, Adams frequently acted at least as a...
Your kind favour of the 9 th , I rec d , this day, and will give you, the best answer, which indifferent health and, various Avocations will admit of. I am pleased with your Resolution, to write the History of the whole American War, because I know you will produce Something both entertaining and instructive, whatever Subject you undertake to write upon. But I hope you will not think me guilty...