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Docno: ADMS-04-10-02-0121

Author: Adams, Abigail
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1794-05-27

Abigail Adams to John Adams

Thanks to the Father of the Rain, and the Bountifull dispencer of the dews of Heaven, who has plentifully waterd the dry and thirsty Earth. the Fields recover their verdure, and the little Hills rejoice. the drooping vine rears its head and the witherd flower Blooms anew.

“join every living soul,

Beneath the spacious temple of the sky,

In adoration join; and, ardent raise

one general song! To Him ye vocal gales

Breathe soft, whose spirit in your freshness


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Soft rool your insense, herbs, and fruits and flowers

In mingled clouds to Him; whose sun exalts

whose Breath perfumes you, and whose pencil


Indeed my dearest Friend it would rejoice your Heart to behold the change made in the appearene of all Nature, after one of our old fashiond Election storms as we used to term them. I hope we may be further blessd by repeated showers.
I this day received yours of the 19th of May. I know not what became of the letter you mention. such a one there was, nor do I recollect a Syllable of its contents, excepting asking your advise about the land which was the peice owned formerly by Margeret vesey. I had 72 pounds bid for it, but it sold at 60 dollers pr acre and was purchased by dr Phips— I also mentiond that the Name of Adams might be supposed in high estimation, since by the returns received we had reason to suppose that our Govenour & Leiut Govenour were of that Name, but one & the same Man. your Brother too had that day been chosen Rep’ve for this Town of which I informd you, but do not recollect any thing further. I might write a string of Blessings upon the Democrats their clubs—&c but as nothing I could say of them is more than they merrit, they are welcome to make the most of it, and Chronical it, if they get it.
“You caution our son to be reservd prudent cautious and silent” he is I believe all this. you bid him curb—his vanity. I know not whose praise would so soon tend to excite it, as one for whom he has so great respect and veneration, and whose judgment he so much relies upon— I will not say that all my Geese are swan I hope however that I have no occasion to Blush for the conduct of any of my Children. perhaps I build more expectation upon the rising Fame and Reputation of one of them, than of an other, but where much is given, much shall be required. I know their virtues and I am not blind to their failings—let him who is without cast the first stone.
The Jacobines are very Angry that Congress leaves them at their Liberty, and permits them with their Eyes open to rush on to destruction. that they want Gaurdians is true enough, but no one obliges them to risk their property to French British or Spanish pirates
others I believe wishd the Embargo continued from real Patriotic motives.
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Speculation, has been going on rapidly.
I understand the Term impatiently yours but I had a good mind to be a little Roguish and ask a Question, but I think I will only say that I am most Patiently Your ever constant / and affectionate
[signed] A Adams
RC (Adams Papers); docketed: “1794 AA to JA.”
1. James Thomson, “A Hymm on the Seasons,” lines 37–41, 56–58.

Docno: ADMS-04-10-02-0122

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1794-05-27

John Adams to Abigail Adams

[salute] My dearest Friend

It is proper that I should apprize you, that the President has it in contemplation to Send your son to Holland, that you may recollect yourself and prepare for the Event. I make this Communication to you, in Confidence, at the desire of the President communicated to me Yesterday by the Secretary of State. You must keep it an entire Secret, untill it shall be announced to the Public in the Journal of the Senate. But our son must hold himself in readiness to come to Philadelphia to converse with the President, secretary of State Secretary of the Treasury &c and receive his Commissions and Instructions, without Loss of time. He will go to Providence, in the Stage and thence to New York by Water and thence to Philadelphia in the Stage.— He will not sett out however untill he is in form’d of his Appointment.— Perhaps the Senate may negative him, and then his Journey will be unnecessary.
I shall go in the Stage on saturday to New York, and be at home I hope by the 12 of June
[signed] J. A.
RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mrs A.”

Docno: ADMS-04-10-02-0123

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1794-05-29

John Adams to John Quincy Adams

[salute] My Dear son

Yesterday the Senate advised the Appointment of Mr short to Madrid, but there has as yet been no nomination to the Vacancy at the Hague. The Person however is determined on, and the Nomination will probably be made as soon as I am gone homewards— I have but one night and an half more to stay here.
This Nomination, which is the Result of the Presidents own Observations and Reflections, is as politick, as it is unexpected. It will { 198 } be a Proof that Sound Principles in Morals and Government, are cherished by the Executive of the United States and that Study, Science and Literature are recommendations which will not be overlook’d. It will or at least it ought to have in England and Holland more Effect, than any Thing that has been done, except perhaps the Appointment of Mr Jay. It is a Pledge given by the American Cabinet, that they are not Ennemies to a rational form of Government; and that they are not hurried away by a wild Enthusiasm for every unmeaning Cry of Liberty, Republicanism and Equality.— It will be a Serious Trust for the Man appointed. It ought to make a deep Impression on his Mind. Such Trusts are Sacred Things. The Law of Nations, and Diplomatique Researches, should engage his early Attention as well as the Dutch Language: but especially every Thing relative to the Interests of the U. S.— a few Years Spent in the present Grade, will recommend him to Advancement to higher stages and larger Spheres.
The Interests Views and Motions of the Belligerent Powers, will engage his constant Attention and employ all his sagacity.
He must come here and read before he goes all Mr shorts & Mr Dumas Letters—1 He must consult with The President Mr Randolph and Mr Hamilton.
He must attend a little to his Dress and Person. No Man alive is more Attentive to these Things than the President. neat at least and handsome.
When he gets to Europe he cannot keep a Coach, nor keep House— Dress is an abominably expensive Article—but he will not run into it I hope.— He may dress and ought to dress as handsomely as any of them: but he ought not to change so often. Economy must be his study and his Practice.
In his Dispatches he ought to be very cautious, and he ought to employ all the Elegance and Art of his Pen.
I shall drop hints broken hints from time to time for I have many Things to say.
Dumas Luzac, Willinks, Vanstaphorst, Crommeline’s &c will be your first Acquaintances:2 but you must be upon your guard even with them
[signed] J. A
RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “J. Q. A.” Tr (Adams Papers).
1. Charles William Frederic Dumas had served as the de facto U.S. chargé d’affaires in the Netherlands since the 1770s, working closely and corresponding frequently with JA. His correspondence with Congress, 1776–1796, is contained in the PCC, No. 93 (JA, { 199 } D&A3:9–10). For William Short’s papers, see DLC:William Short Papers and DNA:RG 59, Diplomatic Correspondence.
2. Jean Luzac, Wilhem & Jan Willink, Nicolaas & Jacob van Staphorst, and Daniel Crommelin were all Dutch associates of JA when he served as minister there. For Luzac, see vol. 4:xiv; for Crommelin, see JQA, Diary, 1:58.
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