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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
WE go on as usual, Congress resolving one thing and the democratical societies resolving the contrary ; the President doing what is right, and clubs and mobs re solving it to be all wrong.
We had in Senate, a few days ago, the greatest curiosity of all. The senators from Virginia moved, in consequence of an instruction from their constituents, that the execution of the fourth article of the treaty of peace, relative to bona Jide debts, should be suspended, until Britain should fulfil the seventh article. When the question was put, fourteen voted against it, two only, the Virginia delegates, for it, and all the rest, but one, ran out of the room to avoid voting at all, and that one excused himself. This is the first instance of the kind.
The motion disclosed the real object of all the wild projects and mad motions which have been made during the whole session. O ! liberty. O ! my coun try. O ! debt, and O ! sin ? These debtors are the persons who are continually declaiming against the corruption of Congress. Impudence ! thy front is brass.
The House is upon ways and means, which will take us the rest of the month, I fear.
Yours, as ever, J. A.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841