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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
I SHALL enclose with this some letters between Randolph and Hammond, which will show you how quarrelsome they are. Poor fellows ! They both desire peace, but think themselves obliged to wrangle for their countries. It is fashionable to charge wars upon kings, but I think " le peuple souverain" is as inflammable and as proud, and at the same time less systematic, uniform, and united, so that it is not easy for them to avoid wars. We have labored very hard to preserve our tranquillity, but the peuple souverain is continually committing some intemperance or in discretion or other, tending to defeat all our precautions. If we are involved in a war, my head, heart and hands shall be guiltless of the crime of provoking it. But it will be my duty to submit to the legal voice and decree of my country.
We have fine rains here for three days past, and I hope you enjoy a similar blessing. I shall take leave on Saturday, 31st of May, but cannot hope to get home before the 10th or 12th of June. The journey lies before me like a mountain. I am too old and too feeble for these long journeys, dry sessions, and un comfortable scenes. I am at an age when I ought to be at home with my family. I wish you an agreeable election. Who will be Lieutenant Governor, Gill or Gerry ? I wrote to Dr. Willard, sometime ago, a resignation of the chair of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. It would be a farce for rne to hold it any longer. My duty to my mother. Tell my brother that I suppose he was for war to make himself popular ; but I am very sorry to find that warlike sentiments are popular in Quincy. I am glad he is chosen, however, and hope he will get our town back to the county of Suffolk.
Adieu, my dearest friend, adieu.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841