My Dearest Friend
I have received your favour of Nov. 23 [Abigail to John, 23 November 1794] . Mr. Cooper, The Friend of our Diplomatic at the Hague, I hear was very active in the Election of Mr. Ames. I wish that both Parties and all Parties may be convinced that some Qualification of Voters is necessary, but if Negroes and Sailors and Tapsters all unqualified by Law as Oliver Cromwell used to call them are to vote for one why not for another?
You have by this time the lively Address of the Senate and the lively Reply to it. You will soon have the dull Address of the House and the cold answer Reply to it.
If Fame says true Clinton cares little for Popularity: for The Miser has made himself immensely rich, and all his Friends and Tools besides.
Mr. Cranch is main here. He has spent one Evening with me and taken one Breakfast. He is busy with Mr. Greenleaf, but in very good health.
The Mania of Magnificence, is as bad as that of Avarice. King Hooper and Coll. Lee, were all their Lives in such a Rivalry as Mrs. Morris and Mr. Bingham. Heaven preserve me from such a Judgment. Industry, Frugality, Moderation and Resignation are the only Qualities which can render human Life happy.
To be first is the Charm as you say. But no more than one can be first - are all the rest to be miserable?
Brisler will send you Flour as soon as any Vessell sails for Boston.
Mr. Ceracchi has sent here a Present for you - a Medallion in Marble of my Head - as grave, as sad, as anxious, as severe, as the marble is hard, and the work fine. I inclose you his Card.
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