Works of Burke, vol. Federalist, No. Wait, , Daniel Edwin Wheeler, 10 vols. New York: Parke, , vol. Andrew A.
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Lipscomb and Albert Bergh, 20 vols. Stanislaus M. Hamilton, 7 vols. New York: G. Patrick Henry; Life, Correspondence and Speeches, ed. William Wirt Henry, 3 vols. An e-version is available at books. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, —, ed. Messages and Papers, vol. Paul Leicester Ford, 12 vols. The Anas, Writings of Jefferson, vol. That Adams considered himself a student of revolutions as well as constitutions is borne out in a letter he wrote late in life. And though he may have viewed them more skeptically than Jefferson, he nevertheless saw them much in the same light.
Here he recounts his involvement:. I had been plunged head and ears in the American revolution from to for it had been all revolution during the whole period. Did [anyone]…think that I had trod upon feathers, and slept upon beds of roses, during those thirty-seven years? I had been an eye-witness of two revolutions in Holland; one from aristocracy to a mongrel mixture of half aristocracy and half democracy, the other back again to aristocracy and the splendid restoration of the Stadtholder. Did [anyone]…think that I was so delighted with these electric shocks, these eruptions of volcanoes, these tremblements de terre, as to be ambitious of the character of the chemist, who could produce artificial ones in South America?
I had been an ear-witness of some of the first whispers of a revolution in France in , , and , and had given all possible attention to its rise and progress, and I can truly say, that it had given me as much anxiety as our American revolution had ever done. The last twenty-five years of the last century, and the first fifteen years of this, may be called the age of revolutions and constitutions. We began the dance and have produced eighteen or twenty models of constitutions, the excellences and defects of which you probably know better than I do.
See also John Adams to Dr. Jedidiah Morse, December 29, , Works of Adams, vol.
Knopf, , —58 italics added. Autobiography, Writings of Jefferson, vol. Thomas Jefferson to St.
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Less than two years later, Adams would flabbergast Jefferson by requesting the Senate and the House of Representatives to address the president with a royal title. Jefferson: Political Writings, eds. Samuel H. Smith, 6 Aug. Hellenbrand, The Unfinished Revolution , —4. Article Metrics Views. Article metrics information Disclaimer for citing articles. Login options Log in. Username Password Forgot password? Shibboleth OpenAthens.
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Restore content access Restore content access for purchases made as guest. Article Purchase - Online Checkout. Issue Purchase - Online Checkout. People also read Article. Robert J. Much of their fish went up the Mediterranean, now shut to us by the piratical States. Their debts, therefore, press them, while the means of payment have lessened. The mobs, however, separated without a single injury having been offered to the person or property of any one, nor did they continue twenty-four hours in any one place. This country has opened a market for their whale oil, and we have made a good treaty of peace with Morocco.
But with Algiers we can do nothing. An American paper has published a letter, as from me to the Count de Vergennes, on the subject of our productions of tobacco and rice. It is surreptitious and falsified; and both the true and untrue parts very improper for the public eye. How a newswriter of America got at it, is astonishing, and with what views it had been altered. I will be much obliged to you if you will endeavor to prevent its publication in the Leyden Gazette.
The following question I take the liberty of proposing to you confidentially. This country wants money in its treasury. Some individuals have proposed to buy our debt of twenty-four millions at a considerable discount. I have informed Congress of it, and suggested to them the expediency of borrowing this sum in Holland, if possible, as well to prevent loss to this country as to draw all their money transactions to one point. But could they borrow the money in Holland? I would be obliged to you for your opinion on this question, as it would decide me in pressing this matter further on Congress, or letting it drop.
It will readily occur to you that the answer should come through the hands of your ambassador here alone. The pain in which I write obliges me, after many thanks for the interesting details of transactions in your country, to assure you of the esteem and respect with which I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obedient, and most humble servant. Dear Sir ,—A note from me of the 22d of September, apprised you it would be some time before I should be able to answer your letters. I did not then expect it would have been so long. I enclose herein a resolution of Congress, recalling Mr. Lambe, which I will beg the favor of you to have delivered him.
I have written to Mr. Adams on the subject of directing him to settle with Mr. Barclay, and attend his answer. In the meantime, I am not without hopes Mr.
Barclay has done the business. I send also a note desiring Mr.
Lambe to deliver you his cypher, and a copy of a letter from the Minister of Finance here, to me, announcing several regulations in favor of our commerce. My "Notes on Virginia," having been hastily written, need abundance of corrections. Two or three of these are so material, that I am reprinting a few leaves to substitute for the old. As soon as these shall be ready, I will beg your acceptance of a copy. I shall be proud to be permitted to send a copy, also, to the Count de Campomanes, as a tribute to his science and his virtues.
You will find in them that the Natural Bridge has found an admirer in me also.
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