Recipient: Adams, Abigail
[dateline] [Passy, February? 1779]1
You are uneasy that I dont write enough. I understand you. You want me to unravel
to you all the Mysteries of the Poli[ti]cks of Europe, and all the Intrigues of Courts. This would make Madam a Lady of Consequence
no doubt and enable her to shine in a Circle of Politicians of Either sex.—But in
the first Place I dont understand them—in the next if I did I would give the English
Leave to laugh or swear as much as they pleased if they should catch me in such a
folly as that of Writing it, to your Ladyship.
There has been too much of that heretofore. No more—dont you know that there are eagle
Eyes, and eager Ears about you, to catch any Thing improper from me, or from you.
Read the Journal de Paris and be easy.