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I would not lose the opportunity of writing to you, though I must be short.
Tedious indeed is our business slow as snails. I have not been used to such ways. We sit only before dinner. We dine at four o clock. We are crowded with a levee in the evening.
Fifty gentlemen meeting together, all strangers, are not acquainted with each other's language, ideas, views, designs. They are therefore jealous of each other fearful, timid, skittish.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume I, 1841