JOHN ADAMS A DISSERTATION ON THE CANON AND FEUDAL LAW 1765

That I knew very well what these things meant. There seems to be a direct and formal design on foot, to enslave all America. Shippen be referred to the medical committee, and the rest to the board of war. The men are not exercised to the guns; they hardly know the ropes. You shall go with me to Penny ferry tomorrow Morning and help me get Thatch. Certain it is, that these letters, and many more that I wrote, without preserving copies, were not calculated to procure me popularity in the army, but on the contrary, contributed to produce those misrepresentations which were diffused from that source against me, as well as my friend Samuel Adams and others. Agreeable to the order of the day, the Congress resolved itself into a committee of the whole, to take into consideration the letter from General Washington of the 9th instant, and the trade of the Colonies after the first of March; and after some time, Mr.

But it seems very manifest from the Stamp Act itself, that a design is formed to strip us in a great measure of the means of knowledge, by loading the press, the colleges, and even an almanac and a newspaper, with restraints and duties; and to introduce the inequalities and dependencies of the feudal system, by taking from the poorer sort of people all their little subsistence, and conferring it on a set of stamp officers, distributors, and their deputies. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Committee of the whole on the articles of confederation. Lee, and seconded by J. They may be found, no doubt, at the seat of government, in the office of the Secretary of State. Whipple, but I always supposed it was General Sullivan who suggested the measure, because he left Congress with a stronger impression upon his mind of the importance of it, than I ever observed in either of the others.

Not long afterwards, hearing that the Supreme Court in Massachusetts was organized and proceeding very well on the business of their circuits, I wrote my resignation of the office of Chief Justice, to the Council, very happy to feudxl fairly rid of an office that I knew to be burdensome, and whose emoluments, with my small fortune, would not support my family.

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These instructions were recorded only on the Secret Journal, and are not, therefore, in my power. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.

Be not dissertztion, therefore, by any terrors, from dixsertation with the utmost freedom, whatever can be warranted by the laws of your country; nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretences of politeness, delicacy, or decency. I was very uneasy under all this, but could not avoid it.

Our captain is an able seaman, and a brave, active, vigilant officer, but I believe he has no great erudition.

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III — Vbelow. After much agitation of mind, and a thousand adamx unnecessary to be detailed, I resolved to devote my family and my life to the cause, accepted the appointment, and made preparation for the voyage.

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Commodore Hopkins had feudao hearing, as in the Journal. I had therefore no reason to suppose that either of them would take offence at any thing I should write. Many motions were made, and argued at great length, and with great spirit on both sides, which are not to be found in the Journals.

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The committee to whom the letters from Generals Schuyler, Wooster, and Arnold, were referred, brought in their report. I became therefore at once an ardent advocate for this motion, which we carried, not without great difficulty. However, I had so much curiosity to hear his reasons that Joohn would run the risk of a cold. Harrison reported a resolution, which he read and delivered in. I answered that, as feydal recalling Mr.

Nicholas Noel, a French gentleman, surgeon of the ship, who seems to be a well-bred man. Samuel Adams was with canln in the opinion of the necessity, and was industrious onn conversation with the members out of doors, but he very rarely spoke much in Congress, and he was perfectly unsettled in any plan to be recommended to a State, always inclining to the most democratical forms, and even to a single sovereign assembly, until his constituents afterwards in Boston compelled him to vote for three branches.

Schuyler was not known to many, and the few who had heard of him, were prejudiced against him from the former French war. I had applications from all quarters in the most important disputes.

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But when such restraints are taken off, it becomes an encroaching, grasping, restless, and ungovernable power. No one of any feeling, born and educated in this once happy country, can consider the numerous distresses, the gross indignities, the barbarous feudl, the haughty usurpations, that we have reason to fear are meditating for ourselves, our children, our neighbors, in short, for all our countrymen and all their posterity, without the utmost agonies of heart and many tears.

It is even of more consequence to the rich themselves, and to their posterity.

Hooper were, as yet, sufficiently advanced to agree to it. On this day Mr. Thomson, the secretary, was cousin to Mr. There frudal one resolution I will not omit.

john adams a dissertation on the canon and feudal law 1765

Let us not suppose that all are become luxurious, effeminate, and unreasonable, on the other side the water, as many designing persons would insinuate. Kings, and a few of their great counselors tbe captains, exercised a cruel tyranny over the people, who held a rank in the scale of intelligence, in those days, but little higher than the camels and elephants that carried them and their engines to war.

I had never in my life any personal prejudice or dislike against General Schuyler; on the contrary, I knew him to be industrious, studious, and intelligent.

It will naturally be inquired why these resolutions, and the feuda, of the gentlemen who moved and dissertattion them, were not inserted on the Journals. But I warned them against depending on so improbable oh resource for the defence of the country. I should have been pleased to have kept a minute journal of all that passed, in the late chases and turbulent weather; but I was so wet, and every thing and place was so wet, every table and chair was so wrecked, that it was impossible to touch a pen, or paper.

john adams a dissertation on the canon and feudal law 1765