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12 April, 1776.
I ENCLOSE a few sheets of paper and will send more as fast as opportunities present.
Chesterfield's letters are a chequered set. You would not choose to have them in your library. They are like Congreve's plays, stained with libertine morals and base principles.
You will see by the papers the news, the speculations, and the political plans of the day. The ports are opened wide enough at last, and privateers are allowed to prey upon British trade. This is not independency, you know. What is ? Why, government in every colony, a confederation among them all, and treaties with foreign nations to acknowledge us a sovereign state and all that When these things will be done, or any of them, time must discover. Perhaps the time is near, perhaps a great way off.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume I, 1841