If he can explain to you the incomprehensible Politicks of New England, he can do more than I Shall or can pretend to do.
Paine Lovel and Gerry are gone and I am left alone. Gerry is happy in his Death; for what horrors of Calumny has he not escaped in the Electioneering campaigne of next Summer? But what is to be the destiny of an amiable Widow and nine Children all as amiable as they are destitute?
— John Adams writes to Thomas Jefferson, December 11 1814.