John Adams letter to Abigail Adams, 26 January 1797

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Philadelphia, 26 January, 1797.

MY DEAREST FRIEND,

I HAVE only time to enclose you something. Dr. Priestley breakfasted with me. I asked him whether it was his opinion that the French would ultimately establish a republican government. He said it was, and his opinion was founded upon the prophecy. France appeared to him to be one of the horns that were to fall off. He acknowledged, however, the uncertainty, and related a paragraph from a French writer who travelled in England immediately before the restoration of Charles the second. " That the people were much engaged in disputing about a form of government, but that all agreed there would never be any kings in England again."

When statesmen found their judgments upon prophecies I can never confide in their opinions.

Author:
John Adams

Source:
Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841