John Adams letter to Abigail Adams, 2 January 1794

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Philadelphia, 2 January, 1794.

MY DEAREST FRIEND,

OUR anti-federal scribblers are so fond of rotations that they seem disposed to remove their abuse from me to the President. Bache's paper, which is nearly as bad as Freneau's, begins to join in concert with it to maul the President for his drawing rooms, levees, declining to accept of invitations to dinners and tea parties, his birth day odes, visits, compliments, &c. I may be expected to be an advocate for a rotation of objects of abuse and for equality in this particular. I have held the office of Libellee General long enough. The burden of it ought to be participated and equalized according to modern re publican principles.

The news from France, so glorious for the French army, is celebrated in loud peals of festivity, and elevates the spirits of the enemies of government among us more than it ought, for it will not answer their ends. We shall now see the form of the French republic. Their conventions will have many trials to make before they will come at any thing permanent. The calamities of France are not over. I shall claim the merit of some little accuracy of foresight when I see General Lincoln, who, you re member, was inclined to think the Duke of Bruns wick's march to Paris certain, while I Was apprehensive that the numerous fortified towns in his way would waste his army and consume the campaign.

We shall soon see the operation in France of elections to first magistracies. My attention is fixed to this object. I have no doubt of its effects ; but it is a curious question how long they can last. We have lately seen how they have succeeded in New York, and what effect that election has had upon the votes for President. Cabal, intrigue, manoeuvre, as bad as any species of corruption, we have already seen in our elections, and when and where will they stop ? Tenderly,

J. A.

Author:
John Adams

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