Adams Papers

From John Adams to William Stephens Smith, 7 January 1814

Quincy Jan 7th. 1814

Dear Sir

I go farther than you in your Glooms I expect Detroit and Michigan will be again taken and all Perry fleet taken or burned

How far you go in your hopes of Peace I know not. Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. Romans would not treat in adversity neither Gauls nor Hannibal, could intimidate Rome, nor terrify any one to pronounce the word Peace. America asleep and Britain awake thro the winter may produce a Winnowing next summer the Chaff will be separated from the Wheat, I hope. Be thankful that you are out of the scrape

We shall have a Whirlwind of Vengeance ere long, But what avails Investigations? You must go back fourteen years to discover the causes of our disasters

John Adams

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