My dearest Friend
Your two kind Letters of the 19
[John to Abigail, 19 December 1793]
[John to Abigail, 20 December 1793]
reachd me on the 28th. They are my Saturday evenings repast. You know my mind is much occupied with the affairs of our Country. If as a Female I may be calld an Idle, I never can be an uninterested Spectator of what is transacting upon the great Theater, when the welfare and happiness of my Children and the rising generation is involved in the present counsels and conduct of the principle Actors who are now exhibiting upon the Stage. That the Halcion days of America are past I fully believe, but I cannot agree with you in sentiment respecting the office you hold altho it is so limited as to prevent your being so actively usefull as you have been accustomed to, Yet those former exertions and services give a Weight of Character which like the heavenly Orbs silently diffuse a benign influence. Suppose for Instance as things are often exemplified by their contraries, a Man, in that office, of unbridled Ambition, subtle intriguing, warpd and biasd by interested views, Joining at this Critical Crisis, his Secret influence against the Measures of the President, how very soon would this Country be involved in all the Horrours of a civil War. I am happy to learn that the only fault in Your political Character, and one which has always given me uneasiness, is wearing away. I mean a certain irritability which has some time thrown You of Your Guard and shown as in the ported of Louis l4'th that a Man is not always a Hero. Partizans are so high, respecting English and French politicks, and argue so falsly and Reason so stupidly that One would suppose they could do no injury, but There are so many who read and hear without reflecting and Judging for themselves that and there is such a propensity in
By this time you will have seen all the Numbers of Columbus. I should like to know the Presidents opinion of them as well as some other Gentlemen who are Judges. They assuredly are ably written and do honour both to the head and Heart of the writer who deserves well of his fellow Gentlemen for the information he has thrown upon a subject of so much importence at so critical a period. But their is a "barberous Noise of Asses Apes and dogs" raisd by it in the Chronical. Nevertheless sound reason and cool Argument will prevail in the end.
Having spun a thread out with respect to politicks I Will think a little of our own private affairs. Dr. Tufts has paid two hundred pounds and become responsible himself for the remainder. I wrote to you his further intention. The 17 of Jany he proposes to discharge two
Our Friends desire to be remembered to you. Mrs. Brisler and family are well. You will present me affectionatly to Mrs. Washington who I respect and Love.
My Love to Thomas I hear he is for fighting the Algerines, but I am not sure that would be the best oconomy, tho it might give us a good pretence for Building a Navy that we need not be twichd by the Nose by every sausy Jack a Nips. He had better find Law for his countrymen and prevail upon them to take it.
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