John Adams letter to Abigail Adams, 14 March 1788

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Amsterdam, Friday, 14 March, 1788.

MY DEAR,

I HAVE received yours of the 7th. I have written you on every post day. Mr. Jefferson is so anxious to obtain money here to enable him to discharge some of the most urgent demands upon the United States, and preserve their credit from bankruptcy for two years longer, after which he thinks the new government will have money in their treasury from taxes, that he has prevailed upon me to open a new loan by virtue of my old power. I was very much averse to this, but he would take no denial. I shall, therefore, be detained here till Monday, but if my health continues, I shall cross over in the packet of next Wednesday. I hope every thing will be ready for us to take post for Falmouth.

The rich complain at present in Holland, that the poor are set over them in the regencies, and the old families that they are set aside by new ones. Discontent rankles deep in some places and among some sorts of men, but the common people appear to be much pleased. The patriots in this country were little read in history, less in government ; knew little of the human heart and still less of the world. They have, therefore, been the dupes of foreign politics and their own indigested systems. Changes may happen and disorders may break out, though at present there is no apparent probability of either ; but as there is no sense of the necessity of uniting and combining the great divisions of society in one system, no changes can happen for the better.

My love to the children, and believe me very anxious to see you.

JOHN ADAMS.

Author:
John Adams

Source:
Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841