Adams Papers

From John Adams to Ezra Weld, 2 June 1798

Philadelphia June 2d 1798


This kind Address, from the Inhabitants of a Division that ancient and venerable Town of Braintree, which has always been my home is very obliging to me.

<To you,> The Tongues and Pens of slander, Instruments with which our Ennemies expect to subdue our Country I flatter myself have never made Impressions on you, my ancient Townsmen, to whom I have been <to> familiarly known from my Infancy.—A signal Interposition of Providence, has for once detected frauds, <which> and Calumnies which from the inexecution of the Laws, and the Indifference of the People, were too long permitted to prevail.

I am happy to see, that your Minds are deeply impressed with the danger of the present Situation of our Country; and that your Resolutions to assert and defend your Rights, are as <wise> judicious and determined, as I have <ever> always known them to be, upon former Occasions.

I wish you every Prosperity and Felicity, which you can wisely wish for yourselves.

John Adams

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