Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 7

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way exceptionable; it shuffles between candid avowal and ingenuous recantation, without either the spirit to defend or the generosity to atone for its offence.

It inculcates a political doctrine in my estimation of the most pernicious tendency to this country, and the more pernicious, because it flatters our ambition -- the doctrine that it is the duty of America to take an active part in the future political reformation of Europe. It is most especially to that doctrine that a passage alludes in the address, which the hearers generally understood as referring only to the South American contest. The principle applies to them both, and my intention in pronouncing it was to reply both to Edinburgh and Lexington.1

There are passages in the address to which I cannot expect your assent. Those I mean which have reference to what we call the religious reformation. I know not how far to a philosophical Roman Catholic, which I know you to be, the doctrine of infallibility upon earth is an article of faith, or a mere article of church discipline. But I take it for granted that at this day, the usurpation of the ecclesiastical power during the middle ages may be descanted upon without departing from that liberality which should be observed towards all religious opinions. It was indeed impossible to treat the subject upon which I was called to speak in the manner which I thought most appropriate to it, without connecting the religious revolution of the 16th century with the origin of the doctrines which issued in our Independence. I have only to assure you that nothing could be farther from my intention than to reflect upon articles really essential to the Catholic faith, or to wound the feelings of those who receive the doctrines of the Church even in wider latitude.

I need not say that this letter is entirely private and con-

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A reference to Henry Clay.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • To the President 1
  • Paper Submitted to the President 2
  • Paper Submitted to the President 5
  • Paper Submitted to the President 8
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vivés1 15
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vivés 28
  • To John Forsyth 29
  • To John Howard March 32
  • To Albert Gallatin 33
  • To Albert Gallatin 34
  • To Josiah Quincy 36
  • To Henry Middleton 37
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vivés 40
  • To the President [james Monroe] 43
  • To Henry Middleton 46
  • To Jonathan Jennings 52
  • To Jonathan Jennings 54
  • To Jonathan Jennings 56
  • To Jonathan Jennings 57
  • To the President 59
  • To the President [james Monroe] 61
  • To Albert Gallatin 64
  • To Albert Gallatin 66
  • To Albert Gallatin 68
  • To Albert Gallatin 71
  • To Albert Gallatin 73
  • To Albert Gallatin 75
  • To Henry Middleton 82
  • To Stratford Canning 84
  • To George Sullivan 88
  • To Richard Rush 92
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vives 94
  • To Albert Gallatin 97
  • To Richard Peters 100
  • To Richard Peters 101
  • To the Earl of Carysfoot 105
  • To Hyde De Neuville 107
  • To the President 111
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 113
  • To the President 118
  • To the President 119
  • To the President 123
  • To the President 126
  • To the President 127
  • To the President 160
  • To the President 164
  • To the President 165
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 170
  • To Stratford Canning 171
  • To Stratford Canning 176
  • To, Daniel Brent 178
  • To Daniel Brent 179
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vivés 180
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 182
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 183
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 189
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 190
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 191
  • To Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn 196
  • To Edward Everett 197
  • To Joel Lewis 208
  • To Baron Hyde De Neuville 210
  • To Baron Hyde De Neuville 212
  • To Pierre De Poletica 214
  • To Don Joaquin De Anduaga 216
  • To Don Joaquin De Anduaga 245
  • To the Chevalier Amado Grehon 247
  • To Robert Walsh 250
  • To Robert Walsh 252
  • To Joseph Hopkinson 255
  • To Robert Walsh 256
  • To Charles Jared Ingersoll 261
  • To Robert Walsh 266
  • To Robert Walsh 270
  • To Robert Walsh 281
  • To Robert Walsh 283
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 285
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 286
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 288
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 289
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 292
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 294
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 296
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 297
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 299
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 301
  • To Albert Gallatin 303
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 304
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 305
  • To John Adams 307
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 308
  • To James Lloyd 310
  • To James Lloyd 313
  • To James Lloyd 314
  • To James Lloyd 315
  • To George Mifflin Dallas 319
  • To Robert Walsh 320
  • To Stratford Canning 323
  • To Robert Walsh 330
  • To the Editors of the National Intelligencer 334
  • To the Freeholders of Washington, Wythe, Grayson, Russell, Tazewell, Lee and Scott Counties, Virginia 335
  • To the Freeholders of Washington, Wythe, Grayson, Russell, Tazewell, Lee and Scott Counties, Virginia 354
  • To the Freeholders of Washington, Wythe, Grayson, Russell, Tazewell, Lee and Scott Counties, Virginia 356
  • To Stephen Row Bradley 363
  • To Rufus King 366
  • To Rufus King 366
  • To Rufus King 367
  • To Rufus King 421
  • To Rufus King 422
  • To Rufus King 423
  • To Rufus King 441
  • To Charles Jared Ingersoll 487
  • To Richard Rush 498
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