Adams Papers

John Adams to Thomas Welsh, 10 Mar. 1797

Philadelphia March 10th 1797—

Dr Sir

I have this morning received your friendly Letter of the 20th Feb. It is in a strain of frankness and Candour, that becomes both you, and me, and the friendship between us—

The slip from the Chronicle, was copies from Bache’s Aurora in this City, There has been a Series of such insidiuous Compliments to me in that paper, written with a design no doubt, to produce a Coolness between me and Mr. Washington, Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Jay, and indeed all the present ministers of State, but the Snare is to much Exposed to day light not to be Seen—The insinuation of a Weak Side is of Course against every man, to whom there is no other objection, This may come from the Essa Junto, and the English party, as well as from Swan. But they all may be told, that, that weakside has been attacked by such politicians as Governors Bernard and Hutchinson and Jona. Sewall–by Such as the Subtlest Courtiers of Versailes St. James and the Hague, and by such others as Stephen Higinson George Cabot &ca. and to no purpose, therefore it is presumed that a breach will now be made by Such comparatively Small Folk. It gives me pleasure to learn, that people are not displeased with my Adieus to the Senate I should be glad to Know how they relish the Speech at the Inauguration.

That Hamilton is displeased with Jeffersons Election may be true. That he had rather Mr. Pinckney should have been P. and the four years passed without any Vice President, that Mr. Jefferson should be Vice President may be true. But my opinion is that he wished me to be P. and Mr. Pinckney V. P.. If he did not I can account for it on no other supposition than this, that he wishes for Closer Connections with Britain, than he believes me disposed to this I know to be the Case with the Essee Junto

Fortunately the great Body of the people are of no party, and I am of no party, but that of the great body of the People you may perceive by what has been said, the different gradations of attachment and aversion to me in different parties, it all proceeds from foreign attachment. The difference between France and England occasions the differences here this is to be a frightful consideration I beleive that Gerry and I are the two most impartial men in this Respect almost in the Union.

I have no personal Enmities or aversions to any of our parties and have never ignored or offended any of them, But offences must come, I dread none of their Attacks open or secret, If my friends will but keep me informed and advised of facts I fear nothing—The noisy Clamorous praises are not my object. If they come they will come unsolicited and unwished for, nay deprecated, Birth Night Balls and City dinners would be to me the most humiliating thing in the world, the Votes of Lancaster and York in Pennsylvania have to me a divine Charm than all the treats and Shows that Ever Existed, If any of them are bestowed on me it will be much against the inclination of your friend


You must keep these things in perfect Confidence.

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