Thoughts on Government, 1776

Thoughts on Government My dear Sir If I was equal to the task of forming a plan for the government of a colony I should be flattered with your request and very happy to comply with it because as the divine science of po

  • Title: Thoughts on Government, 1776
  • Author: JohnAdams Library of Congress
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  • Page: 212
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  • My dear Sir, If I was equal to the task of forming a plan for the government of a colony, I should be flattered with your request, and very happy to comply with it because, as the divine science of politics is the science of social happiness, and the blessings of society depend entirely on the constitutions of government, which are generally institutions that last for manMy dear Sir, If I was equal to the task of forming a plan for the government of a colony, I should be flattered with your request, and very happy to comply with it because, as the divine science of politics is the science of social happiness, and the blessings of society depend entirely on the constitutions of government, which are generally institutions that last for many generations, there can be no employment agreeable to a benevolent mind than a research after the best Pope flattered tyrants too much when he said, For forms of government let fools contest, That which is best administered is best Nothing can be fallacious than this But poets read history to collect flowers, not fruits they attend to fanciful images, not the effects of social institutions Nothing is certain, from the history of nations and nature of man, than that some forms of government are better fitted for being well administered than others We ought to consider what is the end of government, before we determine which is the best form Upon this point all speculative politicians will agree, that the happiness of society is the end of government, as all divines and moral philosophers will agree that the happiness of the individual is the end of man From this principle it will follow, that the form of government which communicates ease, comfort, security, or, in one word, happiness, to the greatest number of persons, and in the greatest degree, is the best Cont

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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name This is John Adams.An American Founding Father, the second president of the United States 1797 1801 , having earlier served as the first vice president of the United States 1789 1797.Adams came to prominence in the early stages of the American Revolution A cousin of revolutionary leader Samuel Adams, John Adams was a lawyer and public figure in Boston As a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress, Adams played a leading role in persuading Congress to declare independence He assisted Thomas Jefferson in drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and was its primary advocate in the Congress Later, as a diplomat in Europe, he helped negotiate the eventual peace treaty with Great Britain, and was responsible for obtaining vital governmental loans from Amsterdam bankers A political theorist and historian, Adams largely wrote the Massachusetts Constitution in 1780, which together with his earlier Thoughts on Government, influenced American political thought One of his greatest roles was as a judge of character in 1775, he nominated George Washington to be commander in chief, and 25 years later nominated John Marshall to be Chief Justice of the United States.Adams revolutionary credentials secured him two terms as George Washington s vice president and his own election in 1796 as the second president During his one term as president, he encountered ferocious attacks by the Jeffersonian Republicans, as well as the dominant faction in his own Federalist Party led by his bitter enemy Alexander Hamilton Adams signed the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts, and built up the army and navy especially in the face of an undeclared naval war called the Quasi War with France, 1798 1800 The major accomplishment of his presidency was his peaceful resolution of the conflict in the face of Hamilton s opposition Because he promoted a strong defense, Adams is often called the father of the American Navy.In 1800, Adams was defeated for re election by Thomas Jefferson and retired to Massachusetts He later resumed his friendship with Jefferson He and his wife founded an accomplished family line of politicians, diplomats, and historians now referred to as the Adams political family Adams was the father of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States His achievements have received greater recognition in modern times, though his contributions were not initially as celebrated as those of other Founders Adams was the first U.S president to reside in the executive mansion that eventually became known as the White House.Well educated, he was an Enlightenment political theorist who promoted republicanism, as well as a strong central government, and wrote prolifically about his often seminal ideas both in published works and in letters to his wife and key adviser Abigail Adams.

    141 thoughts on “Thoughts on Government, 1776”

    1. John Adams was a brilliant statesman. Next to Ben Franklin, he had the sharpest mind of early revolutionary generation. This a fantastic read that should take only an hour but will leave the reader illuminated on the best method of government.


    2. I am reserving judgment until I have the chance to go back and dissect it at more length.(Fancy way of saying I did not fully understand it due to a lack of pondering and slow study on my part)


    3. Why can't I rate without a written review?Still pertinent. The thoughts that helped to form our government, but this review requires useless words for the sake of quantity.


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