Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Anonymous, January 1800 to February 1800

[January–February 1800]

There is not any part of the United States where the knowledge of the death of Washington has been heard, but with sorrow lamentations & mournings. The virtues which embalm his memory, add dignity to the Character of the Hero & Statesman, and the gratitude of his Country has been upon this occasion <be> <bein> commensurate with his past Services— In some instances, however, the Eulogiest & Orator have forgotten that he was a Man, and permitted their fancys & imaginations to become Ludicrious Bombastical and I may add impious. Washingtons fame stood not in need of any such exageration—Truth is the brightest diadem which he needs and the only Eulogy which will render his fame immortal—

[. . .] our common [. . .] which you have [. . .] by being <sacrificed> persecuted by her enemies < upon her Alter>—and sacrificed upon her Alter—Mr Adams unites with me in assurances of personal Regard from Sir your Humble Servant

Abigail Adams

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