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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 14 January 1793

My dearest Friend

This day I recd. yours of the 2d. [Abigail to John, 02 January 1793] I have recd. all the votes from all the States. It is known that Georgia voted with North Carolina Virginia and New York and Kentucky voted for Jefferson.

There is no other Newspaper circulated in the back Country of the Southern States than Freneau's National Gazette which is employed with great Industry to poison the Minds of the People. The Foederal Court has again had a Sitting in Virginia and by reason of Mr. Jays Sickness the great Cause is again continued, which serves to keep up the Rage in that State, and North Carolina which is its Eccho.

If you hire the Man you mention you should know beforehand what kind of skill and Experience he has in farming as well as his Integrity and good disposition. I shall leave it however to you. Twenty Six Pounds are too high. 24 are enough: but if you cannot get one for less We must give 26.

I expect e'er long to hear that Pain is Split and pliced for an Aristocrat: perhaps roasted or broild or fryed. He is too lean to make a good Pye, but he is now

in company with a Number, who are admirably qualified and disposed to feed upon each other.

The foolish Vote of the constituting Assembly in favour of a Rotation and excluding themselves from being re-elected has cost every Man of Weight and Talents among them his Life or his Country and his fortune. All are murdered banished and confiscated. Danton Robertspiere, Marat &c. are Furies. Dragons Teeth have been sown in France and come up Monsters.

The Army has behaved better and the People seem to be zealous: but if they have not some system by which they can be united, what is to be expected?

We have our Robertspierres and Marats whose wills are good to do mischief but the Flesh is weak. They cannot yet persuade the People to follow them.

If the national Assembly can Subdue the mutinous Rabble at Paris as well as Dumourier has driven the Prussians, they may be free and do something, but what I know not.

Tenderly yours
J. A.


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Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 14 January 1793 [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, 14 January 1793. 3 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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