John Adams Letters document,


Philadelphia, 9 April, 1796.


THE House of Representatives have not yet deter mined. The question is to be called up on Monday. But the opposition, who now call themselves the virtuous majority, will endeavor still to postpone it. It is now avowed by Mr. Bond, the British charge d affaires, that the surrender of the posts is suspended upon the determination of the House of Representatives. And who could expect it would be otherwise ? I have read " the minister s" despatches from Lon don. The King could not help discovering his old ill humor. The mad idiot will never recover. Blunderer by nature, accidents are all against him. Every measure of his reign has been wrong. It seems they don t like Pinckney. They think he is no friend to that country, and too much of a French Jacobin. They wanted to work up some idea or other of introducing another in his place, but our young politician saw into them too deeply to be duped. At his last visit to court, the king passed him without speaking to him, which you know will be remarked by courtiers of all nations. I am glad of it ; for I would not have my son go so far as Mr. Jay, and affirm the friendly disposition of that country to this. I know better. I know their jealousy, envy, hatred, and revenge, covered under pretended contempt.

I am so fatigued and disgusted with the insipidity of this dull life, that I am half of a mind to vow that if Washington don t resign, I will. The old hero looks very grave of late. However, there is a high probability that I am upon my last year of public life, for if there should not be a choice by the people, I will not suffer a vote to be given for me in the House of Representatives. I will never serve in that high and responsible situation without some foundation of people to stand on. If I should be chosen Vice President only by a plurality, I will refuse. In short, there are so many probable cases in which I am determined to retire that the probability of it is, upon the whole, very strong. Indeed, I feel myself to be a fool to serve here at all.

I am glad that you cast off the fret upon your mind. You received some post notes soon after the date of yours of 28th of March, which enabled you to face your creditors and gave you more courage, I hope.

I am

J. A.

John Adams