George cabot - My dear sir City of Washington Jany.29.1804 A friend of mine in Pennsylvania in answering a letter lately asked me Is not a great

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My dear sir, City of Washington Jany.29.1804 A friend of mine in Pennsylvania, in answering a letter, lately asked me- “Is not a great deal of our chagrin founded on personal dislikes – the pride of opinion- and the mortification of disappointment?”—I replied, or, to speak correctly, I prepared the following reply. But when I had finished, perceiving the sentiments too strong for the latitude of Pennsylvania, + perhaps for the nerves of my friend, I changed the form; and now address this to you. To those questions, perhaps to a certain degree, an affirmative answer may be given. I have more than once asked myself- For what are we struggling? Our lands yield their increase – our commerce flourishes – we are building houses – “are marrying + given in marriage.” – Yet we are dissatisfied: not because we envy the men in office: to most of us a private life is more desirable. – The federalists are dissatisfied, because they see the public morals debased, by the corrupt and corrupting __ of our rulers. Men are tempted to become apostates, not to federalism merely, but to virtue, and to religion, and to good government. Apostasy and original depravity are the qualifications for official honours and __: while men of sterling worth are displaced + held up to popular contempt and scorn. – And ___ we sit still, until this system shall universally triumph? Until even in the system, states the principles of genuine federalism shall be overwhelmed? – Mr. Jefferson’s plan of destruction has been gradually advancing. If at once he had removed from office all the federalists, and given to the people such substitutes as we generally see- even his followers ( I mean the __) would have been shocked. He is still making progress in the same course. And he has the credit of being the real source of all the innovations which threaten the subversion of the Constitution, and the __ of every barrier erected by it for the protection of the best , and therefore to him the most obnoxious part of the community. His ___ manifest tempers so malignant, so inexorable, as convince observing federalists that the mild manners and habits of our countrymen are the only security against their extreme vengeance. How long we shall enjoy even this security, God only knows. – And must we, __ folded hands, wait the result? Or timely thinking of
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This note was uploaded on 06/27/2008 for the course HIS 391E taught by Professor Mayo-bobee during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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George cabot - My dear sir City of Washington Jany.29.1804 A friend of mine in Pennsylvania in answering a letter lately asked me Is not a great

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