Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 4

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more with details of commerce than you seem to be aware of, and if he does not exactly reason from his information, as you and I might do, it is because certain motives enter into the composition of his deliberations which we should not so readily admit.

Mr. John Henry's correspondence is one of the most instructive political pamphlets that has fallen under my cognizance for several years. Among many other interesting revelations it discloses, or at least asserts, that the pleasures and the indolence of certain ministers abandon to subalterns the administration of public affairs. One of the great misfortunes of all the old governments of Europe, and it has not a little contributed to their greatest calamities of late years, has been precisely this, that their great men, their ministers and generals, have been and are men of pleasure and of indolence, and of course that their business has of necessity been abandoned to subalterns. Ignorance of what they ought to know has been no inconsiderable source of the blunders which have been punished by such heavy calamities to themselves. Whatever may be the vices of France under her new system this is not among them. She at least is not governed by subalterns. The activity of all her official administrations might teach her enemies a lesson of wisdom, if luxury, sensuality, and indolence, could learn wisdom from either friend or foe. But when indolence contends with toil, when pleasure wrestles with diligence, which party think you will bear away the prize? I certainly do not approve the manner in which his Majesty's police obtained possession of my letter, but the extract and translation sufficiently show that it was not obtained without a purpose, and I incline to the belief that its final inclosure to you was intended as a hint that its contents had not been perused without suitable notice.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • To the Secretary of State 1
  • To the Secretary of State 12
  • To the Secretary of State 17
  • To Joseph Pitcairn 20
  • To Abigail Adamso 22
  • To the Secretary of State 27
  • To the Secretary of State 34
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 39
  • To the Secretary of State 43
  • To the Secretary of State 59
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 63
  • To the Secretary of State 72
  • To the Secretary of State 81
  • To the Secretary of State 89
  • To John Adams 93
  • To the Secretary of State 98
  • To the Secretary of State 102
  • To George William Erving 111
  • To John Adams 117
  • To Abigail Adams 122
  • To William Jones 129
  • To the Secretary of State 153
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 160
  • To George William Erving 170
  • To the Secretary of State 177
  • To John Adams 181
  • To William Eustis 187
  • To George William Erving 192
  • To the Secretary of State 195
  • To John Adams 204
  • To George Washington Adams 210
  • To John Adams 218
  • To Abigail Adams 224
  • To the Secretary of State 226
  • To John Adams 236
  • To the Secretary of State 245
  • To the Secretary of State 249
  • To the Secretary of State 275
  • To the Secretary of State 277
  • To the Secretary of State 287
  • To the Secretary of State 292
  • To Abigail Adams 302
  • To Alexander Hill Everett 310
  • To the Secretary of State 314
  • To William Plumer 323
  • To William Gray 330
  • To the Secretary of State 334
  • To Abigail Adams 340
  • To the Crew of the "Monticello" at Cronstadt 343
  • To Levett Harris 344
  • To John Adams 352
  • To the Secretary of State 355
  • To John Adams 358
  • To Abigail Adams 362
  • To John Adams 366
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 373
  • To Benjamin Waterhouse 379
  • To the Secretary of State 382
  • To Abigail Adams 388
  • To the Secretary of State 392
  • To John Adams 393
  • To the Secretary of State 396
  • To the Comte De Romanzoff 401
  • To Robert Fulton 402
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 405
  • To Robert Fulton 406
  • To Abigail Adams 411
  • To the Secretary of State 418
  • To John Adams 419
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 427
  • To the Secretary of State 437
  • To Abigail Adams 445
  • To John Adams 450
  • To Abigail Adams 460
  • James Monroe to John Adams 468
  • To John Adams 468
  • To John Speyer 474
  • James Monroe to John Quincy Adams 475
  • To R. G. Beasley 476
  • To Abigail Adams 478
  • To Abigail Adams 483
  • To John Speyer 487
  • To the Secretary of State 490
  • To the Secretary of State 492
  • To the Secretary of State 498
  • To Benjamin Waterhouse 502
  • To the Comte De Romanzoff 508
  • To the Secretary of State 510
  • To the Secretary of State 512
  • To R. G. Beasley 518
  • To Abigail Adams 520
  • To Benjamin Waterhouse 525
  • To Abigail Adams 528
  • To Abigail Adams 532
  • To the Secretary of State 533
  • To Robert Fulton 540
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