Adams Papers

To John Adams from J. H. Tiffany, 20 April 1819

Shcoharie Bridge. N.Y. 20 Apl. 1819.

Venerable Sir.

The great favour by your attention & answer to my letter is peculiarly enhanced by many considerations, & among others, the unfortunate necessity of employing an amanuensis. The public which participates largely in the motive & benefit, must be joined in the Responsibility of gratitude for what you have done—

Mankind have a curiosity, an interest & perhaps a right to hear the voice of America & experience upon the themes of government, political liberty & happiness.

The same queries where proposed to yourself & to Mr Jefferson, & to none else; and it is highly pleasing that there is such a remarkable similarity in your sentiments & definitions. I hope to be enabled to ascertain whether Mr Madison persists in his former distinctions which you so ably criticise.

Many & illustrious have been your days in an epoch which will be a land-mark to remotest futurity; and may it please the Almighty long to continue those days in happiness & utility on Earth!

Your very respectful, / Obliged & humb. Sert.

J H Tiffany

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