nobly resolve to retain the principles of candour
and of justice, resulting from a free elective Representative
Government, such as they have been taught to hate
and despise; you must depend upon being hated yourself,
because they hate your principles, not a man of them
dare openly to despise you; your inaugural speech,
to say nothing of your eminent services to the acceptance
of our Country, will secure you from contempt.
It may require some time before the great body of our
fellow citizens will settle in harmony good humour
and peace. When deep prejudices shall be removed
in some, the self interestedness of others shall cease
and many honest Men, whose minds for want of better
information have been clouded, shall return to the
use of their own understanding, the happy and wished
for time will come. The Eyes of the people have
too generally been fast closed from the view of their
own happiness, such alass has been always the lot
of Man! but Providence, who rules the World, seems
now to be rapidly changing the sentiments of Mankind
in Europe and America. May Heaven grant that the
principles of Liberty and virtue, truth and justice
may pervade the whole Earth. I have a small circle
of intimate friends, among whom Doctr Charles Jarvis
is one; he is a man of much information and great integrity.
I heartily wish there may be an epistolary correspondence
between him and you. I should have written this
Letter before, had not my faithfull friend and amanuensis
John Avery, who is your friend as well as mine, been
occupied in the business of his office of Secretary
of this Commonwealth, which he attends with great
punctuality and integrity. It is not in my power
my dear friend, to give you council; an Old Man is
apt to flatter himself, that he stands upon an equal
footing with younger Men; he indeed cannot help feeling
that the powers of his Mind, as well as his body are
weakened; but he relies upon his memory, and fondly
wishes his young friends to think that he can instruct
them by his Experience, when in all probability he
has forgot every trace of it, that was worth his memory.
Be assured, that my esteem for you is as cordial,
if possible, as yours is to me. Though an Old
Man cannot advise you, he can give you his Blessing.
You have devoutly my Blessing and my Prayers.
My dear Mrs. Adams will not suffer me to close this
Letter, till I let you know, that she recollects the
pleasure and entertainment you afforded us, when you
was about to embark for France, and hopes that your
administration may be happy to yourself and prosperous
to our Country.
TO THOMAS JEFFERSON.
[Ms., Library of Congress , a draft is in the
Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.]
Boston Novemr 18th 1801
MY DEAR FRIEND
Doctr Eustis will be so kind as to deliver you this
Letter.—I am persuaded you will find him
a man of a candid and fair Mind and liberal sentiments.