February 23 1815: A Day of Correspondence

There has been rarely on this globe Such an Union as Neckar and his Wife. Madam de Stael is the fruit of that connection. If the Chronicle of Scandal is true, that She resembles Lady Mary in Some respects, She infinitely Surpasses her in Letters. I pitty Such litterary Ladies, because they never can get husbands equal to them. Gentlemen truely their Superiours if any Such there are, never will marry them. I could write you Sheets about this Lady and her husband the Baron de Stael Holstein, with whom I had a personal and agreable Acquaintance. But I am 80 Years old and have many Irons in the fire.

— John Adams writes to François Adriaan Van der Kemp, February 23 1815.

Congratulate with Mr Rush and me on the Peace. The Town of Boston was last night all in flames, and the day before yesterday all the Bells in New England I suppose rang from morning to Night. My Auditory Nerves were so vibrated, that I seem to hear the Dongle to this monument. “Dongle! there is no Such Word in Johnson.” What then? I have as good a right to make a Word, as that Pedant Bigot and Cynic and Monk. Napoleons “Ideology” was not better adapted to his Idea than my “Dongle” to our Rejoicings.

— John Adams writes to Catherine Elizabeth Murray Rush, February 23 1815.

I congratulate you on the news of Peace; and thank God that you and my most excellent Aunt have lived to see this happy day. Although we have suffer’d much we have gain’d wisdom; and, I hope, honour. Our Country has learnt the value of a navy, and the imbecility of commercial restrictions as a measure of coercion. The embarrassments of the Administration have taught them the inexpediency of declaring war in the face of so strong an opposition, and that loans are an inadequate resource to carry on a war.

I am sorry that the principle respecting the impressment of sea men on board our vessels has not been [se]ttled, and that our fisheries have been abandon’d; unless indeed the recognition of the old treaty of peace as it regards boundaries can be construed into a tacit recognition of all its provisions.

— William Cranch writes to John Adams, February 23 1815 ( I adverntantly attributed a tweet about the navy to John Adams, thought is was supposed to be by William Cranch writing to John Adams.)

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