Adams Papers

From John Adams to Horace Holley, 28 September 1818

Quincy Sept. 28. 1818

Dear Sir

I presume I Shall not have The pleasure of Seeing You before your departure. My best Wishes will ever attend you. Your powerful Mind and uncommon Talents will mark your Progress, wherever you go.

Success is in heaven. And does not always descend according to our Ideas of Justice. I Shall never forget a Motto under a Portrait of the Protector Cromwell

“Careat Successibus, Opto

Quisquis ab Eventu, facta notanda putat.”

Mr Jefferson, laments, from The impression you left upon his Family, The loss of an Opportunity of conversing with You.

How happy Should I have been to have visited Carrol and Madison with You.

If your important Engagements Should allow You a moment to drop me a Line, it will greatly oblige your Sincere Friends Abigail and

John Adams


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