Thursday, October 03, 2013

Alexander Hamilton on John Adams

I am starting Passionate Sage by Joseph Ellis (you’ll hear about it when I’m done), and he starts with Alexander Hamilton’s diatribe against him in 1800 that was later published.  Now since I’m an Adams’ fan, this just makes me annoyed at Hamilton, but since it is an important of the Election of 1800 and the way Adams comes across, so I’d thought I’d share here.  You can read the full text here and then I picked out a particularly nasty piece to share:
Not denying to Mr. Adams patriotism and integrity, and even talents of a certain kind, I should be deficient in candor, were I to conceal the conviction that he does not possess the talents adapted to the administration of government, and that there are great and intrinsic defects in his character, which unfit him for the office of chief magistrate. . . . Yet with this opinion of Mr. Adams, I have finally resolved not to advise the withholding from him a single vote. The body of Federalists, for want of sufficient knowledge of facts, are not convinced of the expediency of relinquishing him."

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