August 10 1815: Father of the Country, Not!

“…. 2nd I protest against the application in your 9th page of the magnificent title of Father of his Country to Washington. I could name twenty men, who have merited that appellation more than Washington. I will only mention two & they shall be Virginians. Richard Henry Lee and Patrick Henry. I have sometimest wondered, that popular delirium, called public opinion, has not given this title to Tom Paine!

All this, you & all America & all Europe, & all posterity will attribute to my Envy. Be it so. But the records in the grand Roullean, the sacred parchment written in Heaven, will bear me out. New England Whigs & Tories have ruined themselves by their idolatry to Washington.”

— John Adams writes on August 10 1815.

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