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I have read over most part of your book with no less satisfaction than pleasure and gained much information. In conversation the other day you advanced a doctrine which appears to me new & extraordinary. neither are the consequences so evident as to prevent me thinking otherwise and that facts make against the Idea. attention to stile would ruin America. The practice of all ages has been...
I have just heard from M r Bridgen that you are coming this road. his letter was most unluckily missent to Ipswich otherwise should have known of your Journey on Tuesday & have wrote to you sooner. I hope it will not be inconvenient to call & by resting here make your Journey more agreable to your self & M rs Adams. I wish to speak to you about the book mentioned to you, there is a great...
I have continued to read your defence of the American states and admire the intelligence sagacity and firmness contained in it. At first it appeared to me that where there was no distinction of rank in the people there was no necessity of a balance, but you have proved your point most satisfactorily & the impractability of one general assembly. all that remains is to secure that balance...
It has been long matter of surprise to me that the states of America when investigating the various forms of republicks should never have thought of the mode of government practised in the city of London. it is an epitome of the constitution of England, that constitution which is so beautifull in theory & of which you are so fond, tho the balance no longer exists, and perhaps in some respects...
Upon enquiry who was the subscriber for Harvard College to Dr. Jebb’s works find I am the man—therefore begs the favor of you to transmit this copy with my best respects & desire their acceptance. I request you will do me the favor to accept of the copy I sent you & your own subscription settle with your Bookseller. a good voyage & a speedy return wishes / yours most sincerely MHi : Adams Papers.
yesterday for the first time I met with Admiral Darby and communicated to him what you said about the papers regarding America in Mr Jacksons possession. He said he could give no answer at present but would look them over. With this comes some tracts by Northcote for America. many thanks for the conquest of canaan which I hope to circulate as it has great merit as a poem & full of good &...
The conversation you honored me with the last time I dined at your house has affected me most sensibly & made me change my opinion of the person who was the subject of it, for it is impossible for me to entertain a doubt of the facts you assert, and if conviction did not strike so forcibly sooner, it must have been owing to the esteem & regard I had, for two persons, whom I could not think...
I had the pleasure to receive your favor this morning shall be very happy to receive you & mrs Adams your own day tuesday 11th: Pray tell Col Smith I will not say one word about the conditions of his visit but shall be glad to see him & his Lady on his own terms. These Americans will have their own way and so let them. if it was possible I should be glad to see Jennings with you. However we...
I have read more than once your defence of the Constitutions of America and am instructed, entertained, and convinced,. You have proved your principle most masterly and satisfactorily from History, nothing now remains but that your country may benefit from your labors by putting your principles in execution. "opinionum commenta delet dies naturæ judicia confirmat." Fears I have and great they...
I had hopes given me that I should have had the pleasure of seeing you here & I did not despair till the snow came now it will not be long before I shall wait on you in town when I hope to find you well & in good Spirits. The late behaivour of the Judge in the case of Spotwood, the attorney, by whose direction he was brought in guilty of perjury the merits of case know not but that he has...
You have been used to disappointments & to struggle with adverse circumstances that you can weather a storm & bare the tedious of a calm with Philosophic patience but I do not wish you to be more tried. to Divert in some degree I have sent at hazzard Corios History of Milan which went to your house Monday but the bird was flown— I have added Marina de Rage which I think will entertain you &...
Tho revelling in what you justly call luxury, planting and adorning the place round me, yet you have presented me with the highest luxury in producing a people emancipated and enjoying their natural rights under just and equal laws procured by your exertions. Did envy enter into my composition you would have no small share of it. but my walk is humble and limited. I endeavour that the good is...