Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to Mary Smith Cranch, 12 Dec. 1797

Mr Bache and his correspondents appear to be in great distress least the respect Shown to the President of the United States by the people of every City and Town through which he past, on his journey to his own Home, and on his return to the seat of Government, Should be construed into a satisfaction with the Government, and an approbation of its administration.

As Mr Bache is but a youth of yesterday, when compared with the old patriots who first stood forth in defence of the invaded Rights of their injured Country against the usurpation of Great Britain. I who am grown grey with years, and was witness to what I relate, [can] <will> tell him, that the Testimonials of respect which have recently been offerd to the President of the United States, are no Novelties to him.

Previous to the meeting of the first Congress in the year 1774, The members from Massachusetts, (our venerable President was one,) were met, escorted and Feasted, (if you please) in all the principal Towns and citys through which they past. The Same publick marks of respect were again manifested with increased splendour, at the meeting of Congress in the year 1775. In the year 1789 when the President was first elected vice president, a Troop of Horse waited upon him at his Seat in Braintree, and escorted him from thence to the Govenours in Boston accompanied by Numbers of citizens, from thence he was attended to Cambridge by a large, and respectable concourse of people, where he was again met by an other Troop of Horse.

Throughout the State of Conneticut he received the same marked attention. The citizen of Newyork were not less zealous on that occasion, than they have been, to do honour to him as president. Troops of Horse, and respectable Citizens went as far as Kings Bridge, and escorted him into the City of Newyork.

Every person who is acquainted with the Republican manners and habits of the President can witness for him, that every kind of show and parade are contrary to his tastes and inclination, and that they can be agreable on no other <footing> ground, than as the will of the people, manifesting their determined resolution to support the [government] <constitution>, and the Administrators of it, so long as the administration is conformable to the constitution. as to Mr Baches polite allusion to Darby and Joan, I consider that as highly honorary to the domestic and conjugal Character of the President who has never given His Children or Grandchildren cause to Blush for any illegitimate ospring

RC (MWA); notation: “Communication”

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