Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 4

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TO THOMAS BOYLSTON ADAMS

ST. PETERSBURG, 31 January, 1813.

The English government have declared a blockade at Chesapeake Bay and Delaware river. New York and the coast of New England they leave open. They follow Captain Henry's advice, just as at the beginning of our revolutionary war they disfranchised Boston in favor of Salem. The spirit of 1775 seems to be extinct in New England; but I hope the profligacy of British policy will not be more successful now than it was then.

The war between us and them is now reduced to one point --impressment--a cause for which we should not have commenced a war, but without an arrangement of which our government now say they cannot make peace. If ever there was a just cause for war in the sight of Almighty God, this cause is on our side just. The essence of this cause is on the British side oppression, on our side personal liberty. We are fighting for the sailor's cause. The English cause is the pressgang. It seems to me that in the very nature of this cause we ought to find some resources for maintaining it by operations upon the mind of our own seamen and upon those of the adversaries. It is sometimes customary for the commanders of ships to address their crews on going into action, and to inspirit them by motives drawn from the cause they are called to support. In this war when our ships go into action their commanders have the best possible materials for cheering their men to extraordinary exertions of duty. How the English admirals and captains will acquit themselves on such occasion I can easily conjecture. But I fancy to myself a captain telling them honestly that they are

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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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