Adams Papers

William Cranch to Abigail Adams, 26 Nov. 1797

Washington Novr 26th. 1797

Dear Madam

I have now the pleasure to inform you that Mr. Johnson and family arrived last Evening. I have not yet been in Georgetown, but am inform’d the family is well.

I now send you the letters which you was so kind as to communicate and again request you to accept my thanks. They seem to me to place the matter beyond a doubt, that even if a Conspiracy in favour of Royalty did exist, it was only the pretext for puting in Execution, a much deeper conspiracy against the Constitution, and the rights and liberties of the People. Altho’ among the Acts of violence which have disgraced the revolution in france, many have been more barbarous, yet not one, even in the reign of terror, can be produced more arbitrary or tyranical. In palliation of the former it may be said that they were commited in the exacerbation of the revolutionary fever, and in the very paroxysm of internal Convulsion, before any regular Authorities had been constituted, or any legal tribunals established—but the latter seems to be a cool, deliberate and well digested plan of seizing [upon] the whole sovereign Authority at the Expence of the dearest and most sacred rights of the People.—

Monday. 27th.

I have this morning been to Georgetown, & have been introduced to Mr. & Mrs. Johnson. It happend in a shop, and I only enquired for the health of the family. They are all well. I have only time to assure you of the respectful & affectionate duty of your obliged & grateful Nephew

W. Cranch.

<My> Mrs. C. & the Children are better.—

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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