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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 May 1794


My dearest Friend

I must remain here, because my Friends say I must not go. Those whose Principles are the same with mine, whose Views of Public good coincide with mine, say that if We keep together We shall succeed to the End of the Session as we have hitherto done, in keeping off all the most pernicious Projects.

The Ways and Means before the H. of R. is a very important and a very difficult System. While I confess the necessity of it, and see its importance in giving Strength to our Government at home and Consideration to our Country abroad, I lament the introduction of Taxes and Expenses which will accumulate a perpetual Debt, and lead to future Revolutions.

I regret every Moment I loose here, but I cannot yet be sure that I can see you before June.

With the Utmost tenderness of Affection,
J.A.

Mrs. A.



Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 May 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 May 1794. 1 page. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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