Extract from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson

May We be “a Barrier against the Returns of Ignorance and Barbarism”! “What a Colossus Shall We Be”! But will it not be of Brass Iron and Clay? Your Taste is judicious in likeing better the dreams of the Future, than the History of the Past. Upon this Principle I prophecy that you and I Shall Soon meet and be better Friends than ever.

RC (DLC). Published in PTRJS, 10:306–7.
John Adams
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August 9, 1816
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