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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
I HAVE this minute received your favor of the 22d. The report of the President's resignation is probably designed to prevent the rise of the stocks ; but the insolence which appears every day in Bache's and Freneau's papers, proceeding from the same persons who are tired of abusing me, may be carried to a point that he will not bear. He has not been used to such threshing, and his skin is thinner than mine.
Citizen H. and Citizen A. I presume will grace the civic feast. Cit and Citess is to come instead of Gaffer and- Gammer, Goody and Gooden, Mr. and Mrs., I suppose.
Congress, I presume, will not sit after the second of March. I shall not be able to set off till the 5th, but I will not wait, if I travel but ten miles a day. We shall see, in a few months, the new French constitution, which may last twelve months, but probably not more than six. Robespierre and Marat, with their Jacobin supporters, I suspect, will overthrow the fabric which Condorcet, Paine and Brissot will erect. Then we shall see what they, in their turn, will erect.
Mrs. Washington requests me to present to you her very particular regards. Many other ladies do the same. Citizen Briesler and Citizen V. P. are very happy together. Since they are equal and on a level, it is proper that sometimes, one should be named first, and sometimes, the other. Our countrymen are about to abandon the good old, grave, solid manners of Englishmen, their ancestors, and adopt all the apery, levity, and frivolity, of the French. fa ira.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841