The Dr. I find is a very learned Man. He said that the Roman Empire came to its Destruction as soon as the People got set against the Nobles and Commons as they are now in England, and they went on Quarrelling, till one Brutus carried all before him and enslaved em all.—Caesar, you mean Dr.—No I think it was Brutus, want it?—Thus We see the Dr. is very Book learnt.
And when we were drinking Tea, I said, 500 Years hence there would be a great Number of Empires in America, independent of Europe and of each other.—Oh says he I have no Idea that the World will stand so long—not half 500 Years. The World is to conform to the Jewish Calculations, every seventh day was to be a day of Rest, every 7th Year was to be a Jubilee, and the 7th. Thousand Years will be a Thousand Years of Rest and Jubilee—no Wars, no fightings, and there is but about 230 wanting to compleat the 6000 Years. Till that Time, there will be more furious Warrs than ever.
Thus I find I shall have in the Dr. a fund of Entertainment. He is superficial enough, and conceited enough, and enthusiastical enough to entertain."
June 5th, 1771
I could read his diary forever.
Here it may be proper to recollect something which makes an Article of great importance in the Life of every Man. I was of an amorous disposition and very early from ten or eleven Years of Age, was very fond of the Society of females. I had my favorites among the young Women and spent many of my Evenings in their Company and this disposition although controlled for seven Years after my Entrance into College returned and engaged me too much till I was married.
I shall draw no Characters nor give any enumeration of my youthfull flames. It would be considered as no compliment to the dead or the living: This I will say—they were all modest and virtuous Girls and always maintained this Character through Life. No Virgin or Matron ever had cause to blush at the sight of me, or to regret her Acquaintance with me. No Father, Brother, Son or Friend ever had cause of Grief or Resentment for any Intercourse between me and any Daughter, Sister, Mother, or any other Relation of the female Sex. My Children may be assured that no illegitimate Brother or Sister exists or ever existed. These Reflections, to me consolatory beyond all expression, I am able to make with truth and sincerity and I presume I am indebted for this blessing to my Education.
My Parents held every Species of Libertinage in such Contempt and horror, and held up constantly to view such pictures of disgrace, of baseness and of Ruin, that my natural temperament was always overawed by my Principles and Sense of decorum. This Blessing has been rendered the more prescious to me, as I have seen enough of the Effects of a different practice. Corroding Reflections through Life are the never failing consequence of illicit amours, in old as well as in new Countries. The Happiness of Life depends more upon Innocence in this respect, than upon all the Philosophy of Epicurus, or of Zeno without it. I could write Romances, or Histories as wonderfull as Romances of what I have known or heard in France, Holland and England, and all would serve to confirm what I learned in my Youth in America, that Happiness is lost forever if Innocence is lost, at least untill a Repentance is undergone so severe as to be an overballance to all the gratifications of Licentiousness. Repentance itself cannot restore the Happiness of Innocence, at least in this Life.
John Adams takes time out of his autobiography to lecture on the dangers of ‘libertinage’.
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Thomas Jefferson to John Page
Oh Jefferson, trying to hide virgin American eyes from the taint of progress.
My dear Cornelia
I have lately recieved a copy of mrs Edgeworth’s Moral tales, which seeming better suited to your years than to mine, I inclose you the first volume. the other two shall follow as soon as your Mama has read them. they are to make a part of your library. I have not looked into them, preferring to recieve their character from you after you shall have read them. your family of silk worms is reduced to a single individual. that is now spinning his broach. to encourage Virginia and Mary to take care of it, I tell them that as soon as they can get wedding gowns from this spinner they shall be married. I propose the same to you that, in order to hasten it’s work, you may hasten home; for we all wish much to see you, and to express in person, rather than by letter, the assurance of our affectionate love.
P.S. the girls desire me to add a postscript, to inform you that mrs Higginbotham has just given them new Dolls."
Joanne Freeman, Affairs of Honor
Say what you will about Hamilton’s ten previous affairs of honor, for there is much to say, but he at least gave specific accusations he was for the most part able to extract apologies from, so they never made it to pistol fire. Burr seemed to intentionally escalate it to the dueling field (even though the previous two times he had taken apologies from Hamilton, he had followed protocol), which makes it harder to feel sorry for him when things go wrong.
I’ve never really understood the impulse to feel sorry for Burr over his duel with Hamilton. You pushed it to the dueling ground, you shot the guy, you deal with the consequences. Don’t shoot highly regarded political figures if you don’t want to get chased by angry mobs.
On the attack of the two advanced redoubts of the British, on the night of the 15th, in a great measure depended the result of the siege. Washington, surrounded by a group of officers, among whom was our informant, stood in the grand battery looking through the embrasures, while the two divisions of the attacking party advanced to the assault.
Col. Alexander Hamilton led on the Americans, with empty muskets and fixed bayonets. When he arrived at the right redoubt, which he was to attack, he made a short but eloquent address, which was distinctly heard by the silent but deeply-interested witnesses in the grand battery. “Did you ever hear such a speech?” remarked Lieut D. to Dr. M.; “with such a speech I could storm Hell.”"
From Historical Collections of Virginia
There was actually a dash in place of “Hell” in the original text, but come on…we all know it’s Hell. So I just put it in there.
Hamilton’s speechifying abilities need more love.
The following very extraordinary paragraph appeared in the Aurora of the 4th instant, as from the pen of the Editor:-
"While Mr. Jefferson was secretary of state, a number of anonymous letters had been sent to President Washington calculated to shake the confidence which subsisted between them; they had passed unnoticed by the General for a long time; but one being delivered on a day, while Mr. Jefferson was transacting business with the president, who being shocked at the atrocious charges it contained, presented it to Mr. Jefferson; who read it without any other emotion than contempt. The General asked him if he could conceive who was his inveterate enemy? Mr. J. replied that if reference was made once more to a fact in that anonymous letter, it could not be difficult to designate the source from whence it proceeded. The general asked him to point out the fact; which was done, the General instantly observed "sir, this last is known only to executive officers." In which Mr. J. acquiesced. "These letters were not written by me," said he General, "Nor can it be supposed that I should write them, said Mr. Jefferson, "General Knox did not know that fact; Do you suspect the-attorney general?" Mr. Jefferson replied he did not. The General did not ask another question—-he put the anonymous libel in his pocket—-silence ensued!—-The only person of the cabinet not named was the Secretary of the treasury, [General Hamilton] who at the time happened to be, as he continues to be now, the most inveterate and unprovoked enemy of Mr. Jefferson."
We are now authorised by General Hamilton to declare, that he never wrote any anonymous letter whatever to General Washington, and particularly none such as alluded to in the foregoing paragraph; and that the insinuation of his having done so, with whomsoever it may have originated, is utterly calumnious, base, and detestable.
(Unfortunately I forgot the precise source for this article…sorry!)
The profound mysteries of nature…