Adams, John (1735-1826) to Caesar Augustus Rodney
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00922
Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826)
Place Written: Quincy
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 26 September 1818
Pagination: 1 p. ; 26 x 20 cm.
Summary of Content: re: revolutions in South America, mentions memories of James Otis. Rodney had just returned from South America
People: Rodney, C. A. (Caesar Augustus), 1772-1824., Adams, John, 1735-1826., Otis, James, 1725-1783.
Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860
Full Transcript: Quincy Sept. 26 1818, Dear Sir , I thank you for Permission to publish your former Letter., In that Letter you allude to original Letters from Mr. Otis which, you have Seen, and which do him honour. , I dare not ask for those Original Letters, because If I possessed them myself, I would not part with them,, But if you will favour me with Copies you will greatly oblige me. I would hesitate at no Price for them., I can never recollect the Character and History of Mr. Otis, Without a tenderness of Sentiment, that all my Stoical Phylosphy cannot conquer. One must have lived with him to have known him., I wish, Sir, that I lived near you and that I could converse with you every day. You have lately travelled in the Country the most interesting as far as I know, in the World. I gaze with Awe and reverence on South America. And I have gazed for forty years. That all America will be torn from the Domination of Europe I have never doubted: but what will be the Effects and Consequences? Aye! theres the Rub. My Maxim in all Such Cases of incomprehensible difficulty, has always been ”Stand Still and See, the Salvation of the Lord”!, A free Government in South America would produce Revolutions in Religion and Government over the whole Globe: But what an hundred Despotisms would produce who can foresee? I am Sir your much obliged Friend., John Adams, C. A. Rodney Esq.
Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War;, Latin and South America;, President, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Freedom and Independence;, Religion;
Sub Era: The First Age of ReformOrder Image