Extract from John Adams to Uriah Forrest

I received yesterday your favor of the 23rd ... The paper inclosed in it is a serious thing. It will be a motive, in addition to many others, for me to be upon my guard. It is evidence of a mind, soured, yet seeking for popularity, and eaten to a honeycomb with ambition, yet weak, confused, uninformed, and ignorant. I have been long convinced that this ambition is so inconsiderate as to be capable of going great lengths.

Published in Charles Francis Adams, ed., Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States (1853), 8:546–7.
Author
John Adams
Recipient
Uriah Forrest
Date Range
Date
June 20, 1797
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Repository
Adams, Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States