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My dearest Friend
I received Your kind favours of the 19
[John to Abigail, 19 April 1789]
and 22 of April
[John to Abigail, 22 April 1789]
. The printers were very obliging in taking particular care to supply me daily with the paper, by which I learnt the arriwal and Reception of the President, and vice President, If I thought I could compliment in so courtly and masterly a stile, I would say that the address to the Senate was exactly what it ought to be, neither giving too little, or too much. It has been much admired, yet every one do not see the force of the first part of it; when I read the debates of the House, I could not but be surprized at their permitting them to be open, and thought it would have been a happy circumstance if they could have found a Dr. Johnson for the Editor of them, I think there is much of the old leaven in the New Loaf. "I dare not lay a duty upon Salt, the people will not bear it, I dread the concequences to the peoples" is a language to teach the people to rise up in opposition to Government. The people would bear a 5 pr ct duty upon every article imported, and expect as much, but will grumble perhaps at the duty upon Molasses, Be sure it is a little hard for us Yankees who Love it so well and make such liberal use of it. It has already raised the price of it here, I hope the Senate will never consent to draw backs. It will be a constant source of knavary, will not sell duties operate boat, by boat productive and least atrocious? Johnson, whom you know I have lately been reading with great attantion, and have become his great admirer, more fully convinc'd than ever, has he was a very accurate obserwer of Home Life and manners.Johnson in one of his papars proves
My best Respects attend Mr. Jay and his Lady whose health I hope is mended. You do not mention Mrs. Smith or the little Boys, Nor have I heard from them since Mr. Bowen came. By the way I heard a Report yesterday that Marble Head and Salem had voted you an annual present of ten Quintals of fish. -- How well
Esther is very impatient to hear from her Husband, The child is better and She comfortable. Put your Frank Upon your Letters, if you please.
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