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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 25 January 1799


My Dearest Friend

I am as much of a Solitudinarian as Frederick the Conqueror. He was constantly Saying at sixty Je Suis vieux, cass Surann e &c. &c. &c. I may Say the Same and have the honor to resemble him in this particular: But I shall never imitate his Idolatry for Voltaire. His Materialism appears to me very Superficial. He insists upon being all matter, without knowing what matter is.

The Monades, the Etres simples, the Atoms, the Molecules organniques, all these Groupes and Factions are as nonsencical as the Occult qualities. Human knowledge cannot penetrate so deep. I was profoundly learned in all that Jargon at twenty Years of Age. But found it all  [illegible Useless; and renounced it, for Fee simple and Fee tail.

Thomas is my Delight, and I know not how to resign him: but as I know you will not be quite well till you see him, I shall consent to his going next Week.

J.A.


Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 25 January 1799 [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, 25 January 1799. 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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