Some historians throughout history have either forgotten to include the things that John Adams did for his country or just excluded them from their works. Mostly I find it because John Adams was not a social individual and never was really a household name. He did not enjoy being a part of the social standing either and felt much more a liking to a private life.
In the book, Passionate Sage- The Character and Legacy of John Adams by Joseph Ellis, that author had a point when it was said that whoever went into presidency after George Washington would have problems. It was also noticed by Ellis that Adams was more than naïve when it came to the political thinking of competition, but he was also still shrewd.
In a letter to Abigail Adams that was on the Eve of his inauguration he mentioned that he was aware of the problems of being in the shadow of Washington and said, “I think a man had better wear that rust.”
Alexander Hamilton had an immense dislike for Adams, but his plot failed and Adams became president. The Quasi War was going on as soon as John Adams was elected president that only added to more of Adams’s problems. It was bad enough that he inherited a weak, dishonest, and disloyal cabinet.
Adams had full intentions to make peace with France and set up some form of compromises. He enlisted Jefferson to assist him to make American neutrality and to enforce naval forces to protect the American coastlines. It was in the crossfire that Adams soon found himself. It seemed that he made a habit of placing himself in the crossfire as well. As Ellis put it, Jefferson had chosen the future of a party versus the future of a friendship.
John Adams struck me as an interesting individual and I mostly think of the phrase that, “Dynamite comes in small packages.” So it would be natural of given Adams’s characteristics to place him in the hot seat between the whole messes of everything. In some eyes it made him appear just as Hamilton probably wanted him to appear, guilty.
Internet site, www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea is an internet site where you can read the letters from Abigail and John Adams. It is from these letters that you learn that the two were the closest of friends and he confided in Abigail with everything.
In one of those letters brought my attention that John Adams was more than dynamite in a small package. It was a letter dated April 3, 1797, which Adams had written to Abigail, “I would lose my character for firmness if anyone should read this. Indeed I sometimes suspect that I deserve a character for peevish, and fretfulness rather than firmness.”
In the same letter he farther mentions that, “Honesty is always anxious and consequently peevish and fretful. It is always afraid of doing wrong or making mistakes.”
Some historians are starting to recognize John Adams and some of the things that the individual spouted off, where indeed a bit ahead of his time. One thing for certain Adams was one that felt passionate about what he was doing and felt that it was of grave importance.
John Adams was indeed one of the Founding Fathers that put his life aside so that we could freely judge his decisions during his term as our country’s second president of the United States and it is his honesty and loyalty to not only his country, but the strong love, affection and communication he kept with Abigail that also won a high rating from me. He was an individual that was just like everyday people. He believed in himself and the greater good for his country.