I thank you for Pauls Letters, which I have not yet read through; having received them only a few days Since Walter Scott is a character in which we in America, have taken much interest from his Poems—as well, as in those, of that Strange half mad Man, and poet—Lord Byron—we look in vain for any fixed pr[. . .]
As to politicks, we have left off wrangling about politicks—even our approaching Presidential Election, scarcly moves the waves—
— Abigail Smith Adams writes to John Quincy Adams, June 29 1816.