Adams Papers

From John Adams to Antoine Marie Cerisier, 12 June 1787

Grosvenor Square London June th.12 1787

Dir Sir

I received your friendley and obliging Letter at Amsterdam and was very Sory that I could not, by returning through Leyden, have the Pleasure of an interview with you. I had the Stronger motive to desire it, as I wished to see the Remarks you have made upon the Defense &c. When you, calld that Work the Breviary of genuine Republican Principels compatible with the nature of Society and with liberty, safety and good order, you made it, the greatest compliment that ever was made it, and you fulley expressed the objects, Which the writer had in view however imperfectly or meanly he may have executed his intentions.—I wish you would publish your observations upon it, for it is Truth al[i]enee, that it sought, but if you have any Reasons against publishing them I should be much obliged to you for a copy of them, the subject is interesting to mankind, and there is now such an Effort in France, Holland, Ireland, the Austrian Netherlands, Denmark and other Places to obtain Soumthing like the advantages of the three Divisions of power that the time seems to be peculiarly favourable, for discussions of this kind

I am, My dear Sir yours,

John Adams

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