My Dearest Friend
Inclosed is another Production of Porcupine, whose quils will stick.
"And Midas now neglected Stands With Asses ears and dirty hands."
The President appears great in Randolphs Vindication throughout excepting that he wavered about signing the Treaty which he ought not to have done one moment. Happy is the Country to be rid of Randolph: but where shall be found good Men and true to fill the offices of Government. There seems to be a Necessity of distributing the Offices about the States in some Proportion to their Numbers: but in the Southern Part of the Union false Politicks have struck their roots so deep that it is very difficult to find Gentlemen who are willing to accept of public Trusts and at the same time capable of discharging them. The President offered the Office of State to Seven Gentlemen who declined: to Mr. Patterson, Mr. King, Mr. Henry of Virginia, Mr. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney of S.C. and three others whose names I dont recollect. He has not been able to find any one to accept the War Office. The Expences of living at the Seat of Government are so exorbitant, so far beyond all Proportion to the salaries
so opposite to mine as to endanger the Peace of the Nation. It will be a dangerous Crisis in public affairs if the President and Vice President shall be in opposite Boxes.
These Lumbrations must be confined to Years over But I think upon the whole the Probability is strong that I shall make a voluntary Retreat and spend the rest of my days in a very humble Style with you. Of one Thing I am very sure. It would be to me the happiest Portion of my whole Life.
I am with unabatable Affection Yours J. A.
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