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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 December 1794

My Dearest Friend

I returned, this Day the Visit of the ci-devant Duke De Liancourt. He is a sensible Man. He is a Cousin German of the late Duke de la Rochefaucault, and inherited his estate and for what I know his Titles: but neither the Estate nor Titles are of any Use at present. What will be, the future destiny of these high Personages is a curious Problem.

I endeavoured to impress upon him as I have upon all other French men, the Necessity of an independent Senate in France, incapable of being warped by Ministers of State on one hand or by popular Demagogues on the other.

I begin now to entertain hopes of soon hearing from our Sons, to whom I have written by Mr. Greenleaf.

This Session of Congress is the most innocent I ever knew. We have done no harm.

The English are so beaten and the French so tryumphant that I wonder, there are not some Projects for War. But it seems Popularity is not now to be gotten by Spirit.

I know not what to write to you, unless I tell you that I love you, and long to see you. But this will be no News. I wish I had a farm here. I would give you my Chronicles of Husbandry in return for yours.

Three long months before I can see you. Oh! What to do with myself I know not.

Brisler has this day shipped 2 Barrells of flour and the Medallion, by Ames.

My Duty to My Mother and Love to Brothers and sisters and Cousins.

Mr. Morris enquired of me the Character of William Cranch. Be sure I gave him a good one.

How is Mr. Wiberts Health and Mr. Quincys?

J. A.

[Endorsement -- see page image]

Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 December 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 December 1794. 4 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcription.
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