Messages and Papers of John Adams

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Author: John Adams

Reply of the President.

DECEMBER 14, 1798.

To the House of Representatives of the United States of America.

GENTLEMEN: My sincere acknowledgments are due to the House of Representatives of the United States for this excellent address so consonant to the character of representatives of a great and free people. The judgment and feelings of a nation, I believe, were never more truly expressed by their representatives than those of our constituents by your decided declaration that with our means of defense our interest and honor command us to repel a predatory warfare against the unquestionable rights of neutral commerce; that it becomes the United States to be as determined in resistance as they have been patient in suffering and condescending in negotiation; that while those who direct the affairs of France persist in the enforcement of decrees so hostile to our essential rights their conduct forbids us to confide in any of their professions of amity; that an adequate naval force must be considered as an important object of national policy, and that, whether negotiations with France are resumed or not, vigorous preparations for war will be alike indispensable.

The generous disdain you so coolly and deliberately express of a reliance on foreign protection, wanting no foreign guaranty of our liberties, resolving to maintain our national independence against every attempt to despoil us of this inestimable treasure, will meet the full approbation of every sound understanding and exulting applauses from the heart of every faithful American.

I thank you, gentlemen, for your candid approbation of my sentiments on the subject of negotiation and for the declaration of your opinion that the policy of extending and invigorating our measures of defense and the adoption with prudent foresight of such systematical measures as may be expedient for calling forth the energies of our country wherever the national exigencies may require, whether on the ocean or on our own territory, will demand your sedulous attention.

At the same time, I take the liberty to assure you it shall be my vigilant endeavor that no illusory professions shall seduce me into any abandonment of the rights which belong to the United States as a free and independent nation.

JOHN ADAMS.

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Chicago: John Adams, "Reply of the President.," Messages and Papers of John Adams in James D. Richardson, Ed., a Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, John Adams (U.S. Bureau of National Literature and Art, 1910), 1:306 Original Sources, accessed January 22, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWDZ618YB114HG5.

MLA: Adams, John. "Reply of the President." Messages and Papers of John Adams, in James D. Richardson, Ed., a Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, John Adams (U.S. Bureau of National Literature and Art, 1910), 1:306, Original Sources. 22 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWDZ618YB114HG5.

Harvard: Adams, J, 'Reply of the President.' in Messages and Papers of John Adams. cited in , James D. Richardson, Ed., a Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, John Adams (U.S. Bureau of National Literature and Art, 1910), 1:306. Original Sources, retrieved 22 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWDZ618YB114HG5.