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Old 12 February 2015, 07:28 AM
Roblynne Roblynne is offline
Join Date: 07 February 2015
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Hi Lainie, thanks for the welcome! I guess the most famous is from the First Annual Message (State of the Union address) 1797. Debt related to the revolution was obviously a major issue at the time, also involving the next president, Thomas Jefferson, and there is also an early letter from Adams to Jefferson on that matter, 25 August 1787. I am not a historian but it's a constant theme of his writings, for example to Abigail Adams, where he says on April 3 1794 "it grieves me to the heart to see an increase of our debts and taxes". So I'd regard the quote about slavery to be in line with that. However,did he say it? I haven't heard back from the John Adams Historical Society which lists it as a quote (here correcting my earlier citing of the Heritage Society).
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