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“My dearest Friend

This is our Thanksgiving day. When I look Back upon the Yearpast, I perceive many, very many causes for thanksgiving, both of a publick and private nature. I hope my Heart is not ungratefull, tho sad; it is usually a day of festivity when the Social Family circle meet together tho seperated the rest of the year. No Husband dignifies my Board, no Children add gladness to it, no Smiling Grandchildren Eyes to sparkle for the plumb pudding, or feast upon the mind Eye. Solitary and alone I behold the day after a sleepless night, without a joyous feeling. Am I ungratefull? I hope not. Brother Cranchs illness prevented Him and my sister from joining me, and Boylston Adams’s sickness confineing him to his House debared me from inviting your Brother and Family. I had but one  [illegible] resource and that was to invite Mr. and Mrs. Porter to dine with me: and the two Families to unite in the Kitchin with Pheby the only surviving parent I have, and thus we shared in the Bounties of providence.

I was not well enough to venture to meeting and by that means lost an excellent discourse deliverd by Mr. Whitman upon the numerous causes of thankfullness and gratitude which we all have to the Great Giver of every perfect Gift; nor was the late Glorious victory gained by Admiral Nelson over the French omitted by him, as in its concequences of Great importance in checking the mad arrogance of that devouring Nation.

And here let me congratulate you upon the event, as now made certain. I hope it will prove of Great advantage to us, as well as to all the powers whom France has abused, debased and insulted.

I cannot speak of them in the Stile of Gov. Henry.Tho I like his Speech and belive he made it without the aid of Laudanum, the address from thence I like. Make a good answer to it.

I presume you reachd Philadelphia on Saturday. I wrote to you twice to  N York to the care of Charles and twice I have written to you addrest to Philadelphia. I hope you received the Letters.

I am as ever Your truly affectionate

A Adams”

More Top Moments in Early American History

- James Madison “accidentally” buys prostitutes for foreign ambassadors

- Jefferson eating a tomato like an apple at a dinner and everyone rushing off to find a doctor because Americans thought tomatoes were poisonous

- Washington and Lafayette falling asleep under a tree after Monmouth

- Washington cursing out Charles Lee after his retreat

- James Armistead Lafayette, who was a badass spy during the revolution and gave Lafayette vital information which led to the victory at Yorktown. Lafayette freed him and James was so grateful he took Lafayette’s last name

- Lafayette being given an alligator as a gift and, not knowing what to do with it, regifting it to John Quincy Adams

- the Constitutional Convention going out and getting turnt two days before the signing of the Constitution, and some of the additional charges being a broken chair, cups, and chamber pots

- John Hancock being smol

- Alexander Hamilton’s argument against hanging John Andrè basically being “he’s too pretty”

- Aaron Burr sleeping through Valentine’s Day

- Lafayette naming his ONLY son after George Washington

- Ben Franklin and John Adams once having to share a room with one bed and falling asleep arguing whether or not they should sleep with the window open or closed

- Ben Franklin taking “air baths” which consisted of him sitting naked in a bathtub for hours a day

- Aaron Burr having a knife hidden in the handle of his umbrella, and then LOSING said umbrella

- John Adams’ kid Charles once ran naked across Harvard Yard

- Alexander Hamilton losing his check book and having to write the bank of New York for a new one, while also requesting his account balance which he didn’t know, which he wrote in the check book, which he lost

- Aaron Burr hitting his head on the same pipe twice jfc he’s such a mess

- Thomas Jefferson getting a terrible headache for two days after behaving awkwardly in front of a girl

- John Adams naming his dog Satan

- Alexander Hamilton’s letters to his totally hetero bro™ John Laurens being censored by his descendants

- George Washington running for the House of Burgesses and getting his constituents totally smashed so they would vote for him

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i was doing some research on john adams bc that’s the kind of girl i am.. and i found out that he was deeply unpopular because of an act he passed. they were called the alien and sedition acts. i didn’t think much of it until i read the article and this is what i found.

in the alien and sedition acts, john adams:

  • did not allow people to protest the government
  • did not allow immigrants into the US
  • did not allow freedom of the press
  • jailed lawmakers
  • deported foreigners
  • fined and imprisoned those who would “write, print, utter, or publish… any false, scandalous and malicious writing” agains the government
  • violated personal rights
  • RESTRICTED FREEDOM OF SPEECH

and it made me think… wow… i’m glad that the United States has come far so we don’t have to worry about all this….

and then i realized… this is exactly what Donald Trump is doing.

history is repeating itself. donald trump is the new john adams. spread the mf word.

" I retire for what, like, five minutes, and it all goes to shit."

- George Washington

Government spying on me: how many times can one person listen to Hamilton oh my god

Founding Fathers age comparison.

In 1776, Benjamin Franklin was 70, George Washington was 44, John Adams was 41, Thomas Jefferson was 33, John Jay was 31, James Madison was 25, Alexander Hamilton was 21 and James Monroe was 18. 

​Sometimes I wonder if our favorite historical figures look at us from the afterlife and say “that’s my person. That’s my person and I will guide them thru the next seventy-five years” and then there’s others that are more “you read my wife and I’s letters one more time and I will end you.”