Adams Papers

To John Adams from William Vans Murray, 15 November 1792

Philada. 15. Nov. 1792.

Dear Sir,

In taking the liberty of expressing some solicitude at your absence at the present time you will I am sure attribut the freedom to nothing short of great respect for you as well as a public sentiment which I feel to be patriotic—An opposition in moments of election must be expected by the best & most enlightened—That something like opposition has taken place with respect to the election of a Vice President you may probably have been informed—You will excuse me if I Express a<n> wish that you were here—It seems a very general wish of your warm friends who in that wish do not imagine that the dignity of a philosophical independence would be at all wounded because the Session has actually commenced—I do assure you Sir I have lamented that just on the Eve of a most important election the chair of the Senate should be filled by a president pro tempore—The public mind is then led off from the Theory of the Office to a contemplation of a practical substitute which fills the [routine] without seeming to derange the theory—

Could you come, Sir, your friends I dare believe would much rejoice & consider it as a sacrifice to their wishes & hopes in the ensuing election—

I beg to be affectionately remembered by Mr. J. Q. Adams—and my most respectful compliments to Mrs. Adams.

I am Dear Sir / with every sentiment of respectful / Attachment / Yr most obt. / Sert.

W. V. Murray

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