My dearest friend
I have scarcely a moment to acknowledge the Rest of your favour of 22 [Abigail to John, 22 March 1794] this instant put into my hand. I rejoice in the Recovery of my dear Mother and hope to see her, but I cannot say how soon.
We the old Sachems have enough to do to restrain the Ardour of our young Warriors. We shall succeed however, I still hope, in preventing any very rash Steps from being taken. There is a dishonourable Motion before the House to sequestre or confiscate private Contracts: but it will not pass the House, if it should the Senate will stop it.
Break up as much as you please [illegible] and sow as much as you think proper. I must leave All to you. I cannot think of leaving Senate yet. I sent you 500 dollars. Purchase all the Tools &c. that are wanted and stock.
I am grieved at the Dotage of the Lt. Govr. He is mad.
[The following is written on a separate sheet of paper]
Extract of a Letter from the Democratic Society of New York to Citizen Henry Kammerer President of the German Republican Society of Philadelphia. Dated New York March 8. 1794.
That all Men have an equal Right to all their Powers and Faculties, and to all that is produced by the Exercise of those Powers and Faculties.