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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
THE President's speech is so important to the public, that I know you will be anxious to see it as early as possible. When the answers of the two Houses come to be debated, we shall see whether there are any apologists for rebellion in these sanctuaries.
As Mr. Edwards of Kentucky appeared in Senate to-day, we can do business if one member should be sick, but it will be very inconvenient to have so small a majority. Mr. Potts of Maryland, and Mr. Taylor of Virginia have resigned. The Senate seems really to be too small a body for so important a branch of the legislature of so great a people.
I feel, where I am, the want of the society of Mr. O.'s family, but much more that of my own. I pore upon my family at Quincy, my children in Europe, and my children and grandchildren in New York, till I am melancholy, and wish myself a private man. That event, however, would not relieve me, for my thoughts would be at the Hague and at New York, if I was at Quincy. Your meditations cannot be more cheerful than mine, and your visit to our afflicted sister will not, I fear, brighten your views or soften your anxiety. I hope we shall be supported, but there is no plan that occurs to me, that can relieve us from our solicitude. We must repose ourselves upon those principles in which we were educated, and which, I hope, we have never renounced nor relinquished.
I would resign my office and remain with you, or I would bring you next winter with me, but either of these plans, the public out of the question, would in crease our difficulties, perhaps, rather than lessen them. This climate is disease to me, and I greatly fear would be worse to you, in the present state of your health. Mrs. Jay, poor lady, is more distressed than we are. I pray you to take care of your health and of L's too. She is a good girl : but I sometimes wish she would run about a little more, if it was even to look at the young men.
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841