Letter to William Plumer

“From John Adams to William Plumer, 4 December 1814,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified…

Correspondence between John Adams, Abigail Adams and James Sullivan on Representation

Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776, Founders Online, National Archives, https://goo.gl/GuwxiA; J. Adams…

To Mercy Warren

The Form of Government, which you admire when its Principles are pure is admirable indeed,…

To Mercy Warren

Pray Madam, are you for an American Monarchy or Republic? Monarchy is the genteelest and…

To Abigail Adams

Yesterday, the greatest question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater,…

To Timothy Pickering

You inquire why so young a man as Mr. Jefferson was placed at the head…

State of the Union Address (1800)

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: Immediately after the adjournment…

Third Annual Address (1799)

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: It is with peculiar…

State of the Union Address (1798)

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: While with reverence and…

State of the Union Address (1797)

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: I was for some…

First Inaugural Address (1797)

WHEN it was first perceived, in early times, that no middle course for America remained…

The Earl of Claredon to William Pym

Sir, — You are pleased to charge the colonists with ignorance of the British constitution;…

To H. Niles

The American Revolution was not a common event. Its effects and consequences have already been…

Letter to Abigail Adams

York Town Pennsylvania, Septr. 30. 1777 Tuesday My best Friend It is now a long…

A Defense of the Constitution of Government of the United States of America

Marchamont Nedham lays it down as a fundamental principle and an undeniable rule, “That the…

Novanglus

Our rhetorical magician in his paper of January the 9th continues to wheedle: You want…

Letter to Hezekiah Niles on the American Revolution

The American Revolution was not a common event. Its effects and consequences have already been…

Letter to Thomas Jefferson

The first time, that you and I differed in Opinion on any material Question; was…

Foundation of Government Letter [excerpt]

If I was equal to the task of forming a plan for the government of…

A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law

“Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.” This is…

Thoughts on Government

My dear Sir, If I was equal to the task of forming a plan for…