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|Named Person:||John Adams; John Barnes; Thomas Jefferson; Paul Mellon|
|Document Type:||Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Thomas Jefferson; Edward Rutledge
|Description:||1 item (ALS. 3 pp.)|
Jefferson continues with a discussion of how much unmerited abuse and praise he has suffered in public service, his wish for retirement, the outcome of the election of 1796 which he knows Adams will win adding "I know well that no man will ever bring out of that office the reputation which carries him into it. the honeymoon would be as short in that case as in any other, & it's moment of extasy would be ransomed by years of torment & hatred."
He predicts he will live in peace while Adams will be shipwrecked in the gathering storm, but nevertheless urges Rutledge to continue in national public office for "there is no bankrupt law in heaven by which you may get off with shillings in the pound, with rendering to a single state what you owed to the whole confederacy."
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