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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...
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...
I have received your favour of the 18th. but cannot agree with you that “a considerable Period must elapse before the United States can arise to Greatness.” They are already arrived at Greatness, and their greatest Misfortune is that they know it not. The Politicians, if such there are, who think it best We never should be great are already disappointed. They may possibly contribute to keep...
What is there which the new Government possesses, on which to found its authority? has it Honors? has it pleasures? has it profits to bestow, which may attract the Attention, excite the Love, or alarm the Fear, of such a Majority in every state as will compell the Minority to obedience? Has the national Government at this moment, attractions enough to make a Seat in it, an Object of Desire, to...
Your letters put me more and more out of Patience every Post. Why, in that of the 6th. do you call our national Government a federal Republic ? It is no more that, than it is Sphœrical Trigonometry. What is a federal Republic? It is an association of a Number of independent Sovereign States. Are the Seperate States in our national Government, Sovereign and independent? If they are, We had all...
What is there which the new Govt possesses, on which to found its Authority? Has it honours? has it pleasures? has it prophets to bestow, which may attract the attention, excite the love, or alarm the Fear of such a majority in every State as will compell the minority to Obedience? Has the national Govt at this moment, attractions enough to make a seat in it, an object of desire, to the Men of...
I shall not grant the Indulgence you request in yours of the 21st., most certainly: I mean that for hastily adopting Expressions, which are So often improperly used by Massachusetts Politicians. Our Fellow Citizens will never think alike nor act aright, until they are habitually taught to use the same Words in the same Sense. Nations are governed by Words, as well as by Actions; by Sounds as...
Yours of July 9 & 27 are unanswered. I cannot reconcile myself to the idea of a Division of this Continent, even fifty years hence. Great sacrifices ought to be made to Union, and an habit of Obedience to a well ordered, and judiciously limited Government, formed at this early Period. A dissolution of the union involves Consequences of so terrible a kind, that I think We ought to consent to an...
My good Genius this morning has thrown in my Way, by perfect Accident, your oration of the 4. July last, and although I read it with much pleasure, in its Season it now appeared to me, new and beautiful as ever. I am afraid I never thanked you for the handsome Compliment paid to me in a Note. Indeed I now and then get a Compliment, and do not always give thanks for it. I am informed, within a...
Thank you for yours of Feb. 27. You seem to threaten me with a Place in the Pages of some Tory Historian. If the Party “to a man supposed me the most energetic Plotter and intrepid Projector of all the Authors of the Revolution” I shall no doubt have it. The Papers signed Novanglus, and the Controversy with Brattle about the Independence of the Judges they could be no strangers to. Nor could...