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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 April 1794


My dearest Friend

The Weather is cooler and the Minds of Men are calmed by the inclosed Communication. But

A Sourd Party will plunge Us if possible. The most uncandid; the most hypocritical Part is acted to take Us in. Protestations against War by those who are pushing every Thing that can force War, are not the Worst. The southern Men have Art enough to dupe northern ones to bring forwards measures, that the northern Part may have the Odium of bringing on a War. In short the Knavery of some is so abominable and the Stupidity of others so contemptible, that I am almost brought to Raynalls Wish.


The old Debtors to Britain uniting with those who are bribed to France, and both operating on the Populaces of our great Towns, will devote this Country to Calamities as unnecessary as they will be dismal: Unless the Vigilance and Patience of those who have no Object but their Countries Good is supported by the sound Part of the People out of Doors.

My good and worthy son, I presume sees all I send you.. All my hopes are in him: both for my Family and Country.

Yours most affectionately,
J. A.


[Endorsement -- see page image]



Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 April 1794 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/
Original manuscript: Adams, John. Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 April 1794. 3 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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