My Dearest Friend
You Seem disposed to write to me on the Subject of a late Election and therefore I Suppose a little Egotism from me will not be very disgusting to you. You expected half the Votes from the other five States one of them only, S. C. has vouchsafed me a Vote. V. N.C. G. K. and N.Y. appear to have been wholly governed by the Section Poissoniere, in this Election. There is no End of the Fictions and Falshoods which were propagated and not contradicted in those remote States. I will tell you one from the Mouth of Mr. Lear. A Mr. Basset I think who married a Sister of Mrs. Washingtons told the President, that it was propagated and believed in Virginia that the Vice President was always in Opposition to the President, and that all the Opposition which was ever made to him in Senate originated with the V.P.. The President answered his Brother in Law that as to Some Things which had been reported he could Say nothing because he knew nothing. But this he could Say and would Say was a Lie for to his Knowledge so far from opposing him in Senate, the V.P. [Vice President] had always Supported him.
Another Anecdote I have from Judge Cushing and his Lady, who dined at Richmond in Company with Patrick Henry, Arthur Lee, and many other Gentlemen Young and
Trumbull the Painter, was lately in Company with Mr. Giles at Miss Nancy Allens. Giles was pleased to entertain, Such a Company with grave observations upon my poor Books and discovered, to Trumbull, who had read them, his total Ignorance of them. Trumbull heard him, till he was tired and then Shrewdly asked permission of Mr. Giles to ask him a Simple Question. "Pray Mr. Giles have you ever read those Volumes of Mr. Adams?"
These Anecdotes show the real Genius of this enlightened Age. Such is a great part of the Light, which We boast of So much.
I expect however to be restored to the good Opinion of my Fellow Citizens in Virginia. Mr. Vaughan of this Town has recd. orders from a Correspondent in the ancient Dominion to send him a Dozen setts of "The Defence." When the Books shall be read they will vindicate themselves. I wish some one would give some Account of the french Translation and its Notes.
An Election is a Lottery and so is hereditary descent. If foul play is used with a Lottery it is fraud. Much of this there has been and more and more their will be.
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