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jtVJIN ADAMS. '9~~~~~~~~~
buildings should be erected at the new
capital in the District of Columbia. Mr.
Adams then moved his family to Philadeiphia.
Toward the close of his term of
office the French Revolution culminated,
when Adams and Washington rather
sympathized with England, and Jefferson
vith France. The Presidential election of
1796 resulted in giving Mr. Adams the first
place by a small majority, and Mr.' Jefferson
the second place.
Mr. Adams's administration was conscientious,
patriotic and able. The period
was a turbulent one, and even an archangel
could not have reconciled the hostile parties.
Partisanism with reference to England
and France was bitter, and for four
years Mr. Adams struggled through almost
a constant tempest of assaults. In fact, he
was not truly a popular man, and his chagrin
at not receiving a re-election was so
great that he did not even remain at Philadelphia
to witness the inauguration of Mr.
Jefferson, his successor. The friendly
intimacy between these two men was
interrupted for about thirteen years of their
life. Adams finally made the first advances
toward a restoration of their mutual friendship,
which were gratefully accepted by
Mr. Adams was glad of his opportunity
to retire to private life, where he could rest
his mind and enjoy the comforts of home.
By a thousand bitter experiences he found
the path of public duty a thorny one. For
twenty-six years his service of the public
was as arduous, self-sacrificing and devoted
as ever fell to the lot of man. In one important
sense he was as much the " Father
ol his Country" as was Washington in
another sense. During these long years of
anxiety and toil, in which he was laying,
broad and deep, the foundations of the
greatest nation the sun ever shone upon, he
received from his impoverished country a
meager support. The only privilege he
carried with him into his retirement was
that of franking his letters.
Although taking no active part in public
affairs, both himself and his son, John
Quincy,, nobly supported the policy of Mr.
Jefferson in resisting the encroachments of
England, who persisted in searching
American ships on the high seas and
dragging from them any sailors that might
be designated by any pert lieutenant as
British subjects. Even for this noble support
Mr. Adams was maligned by thousands
of bitter enemies! On this occasion,
for the first time since his retirement, he
broke silence and drew up a very able
paper, exposing the atrocity of the British
Mr. Adams outlived nearly all his family.
Though his physical frame began to give
way many years before his death, his mental
powers retained their strength and vigor to
the last. In his ninetieth year he was
gladdened by the popular elevation of his
son to the Presidential office, the highest in
the gift of the people. Afew months more
passed away and the 4th of July, I826.
arrived. The people, unaware of the near
approach of the end of two great livesthat
of Adams and Jefferson-were making
unusual preparations for a national holiday.
Mr. Adams lay upon his couch, listening to
the ringing of bells, the waftures of martial
music and the roar of cannon, with silent
emotion. Only four days before, he had
given for a public toast, "Independence
forever." About two o'clock in the afternoon
he said, "And Jefferson still survives."
But he was mistaken by an hour or so:
and in a few minutes he had breathed his
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/21/?rotate=270: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.