Adams Family Correspondence, volume 10

John Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 3 December 1794 Adams, John Adams, Thomas Boylston
John Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams
My dear Thomas Philadelphia Decr. 3. 1794

You have lost the Opportunity of sharing in the Glory of some of your Friends in this City, who have been out and returned, from the Campain against the Insurrection in the four Western Counties of Pensilvania. Your Friend Climer lost his Life, and is greatly lamented.1

’Squire Cranch as his Father calls him was here Yesterday with Mr Greenleaf, whose Agent as well as Lawyer he is to be at the Fœderal City. A little ill Luck in the Loss of his Books and Cloaths, with Mrs Daltons furniture and Mr Daltons 100 dozen of Madeira Wine, will not I hope discourage him. 40 houses which Mr Greenleaf is building at once will give him Amusement and Employment.

Pray how does that mighty Novelty Europe Strike your youthful Curiosity.? Let me tell you a Secret Tom.— It will either make or mar you. If you prove Superiour to its Blandishments Seductions and false Charms, it will make a Man of you.— if not you are undone.

Your Friends enquire often about you, and express their high Esteem.

Your Landlady came with her little Daughter and asked me to lend her your Bed till Spring, in moving Accents which I did not Strive to resist.2 The other Things We shall take away. The Gentlemen Boarders at your Lodgings enquire civilly & kindly after you.

Science, Litterature in general, Law & Policy in particular, Arts Agriculture Commerce and Taste, ought to be your Objects— And have a Care how you loose your Admiration of the sublimest Philosophy which the human Mind can conceive, or your Love of the purest Morals which ever touched the human heart.— One God of Wisdom Goodness & Power, creating preserving and Governing the Universe in Truth & Justice and rewarding in a future World Virtue & Benevolence in this. A Wise Man if he could be convinced that this was all fiction and Imposture (which he never can be) would think himself bound if he had either felt Love or Benevolence, to Support it with all his faculties.

All our friends are well and anxious to hear from your Brother & you. Adieu my dear son / I am your affectionate

John Adams

Remember me to all my old friends


RC (NjP:Andre deCoppett Coll.); internal address: “Thomas Boylston Adams Esq”; endorsed: “The Vice President / 3 Decr: 1794 / 15 May Recd:—95.”


Meredith Clymer (1771–1794), Princeton 1787, a lawyer, had volunteered with the First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary to assist in quelling the Whiskey Rebellion. He died of exposure in western Pennsylvania on 18 November. He had been good friends with TBA, who noted in his Diary that “Among all the young men of my acquaintance no one possessed a larger share of my esteem” ( Princetonians, 4:176–178; M/TBA/2, 16 March 1795, APM Reel 282).


Boardinghouse owners John Stall Sr. and his wife, Frances, had three daughters: Elizabeth, Frances, and Mary (Byron Williams, History of Clermont and Brown Counties, Ohio, 2 vols., Milford, Ohio, 1913, 1:279, 300–301).

John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 December 1794 Adams, John Adams, Abigail
John Adams to Abigail Adams
My Dearest Friend Philadelphia Decr 5. 1794

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 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 & sisters & Cousins.


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

How is Mr Wiberts Health and Mr Quincys?


J. A

RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “December 5th / 1794.”