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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
I RETURNED this day the visit of the cA-devant Due de Liancourt. He is a sensible man. He is cousin german of the late Due de la Rochefoucauld, and inherited his estate and, for what I know, his titles, but neither the estate nor the titles are of any use at present. What will be the future destiny of these high personages is a curious problem. I endeavored to impress upon him as I have upon all other Frenchmen, the necessity of an independent senate in France, incapable of being warped by ministers of state on one hand, or by popular demagogues on the other.
I begin now to entertain hopes of soon hearing from our sons, to whom I have written by Mr. Green- leaf.
This session of Congress is the most innocent I ever knew. We have done no harm. The English are so beaten and the French so triumphant, that I wonder there are not some projects for war. But it seems popularity is not now to be gotten by spirit.
I know not what to write to you, unless I tell you I love you and long to see you ; but this will be no news. I wish I had a farm here. I would give you my chronicles of husbandry in return for yours. Three long months before I can see you. Oh ! what to do with myself I know not.
My duty to my mother, and love to brothers and sisters and cousins. Mr. Morris inquired of me the character of William Cranch. Be sure I gave him a good one. How is Mr. Wibird's health, and Mr. Quincy's ?
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841