The new Governments we are assuming in every Part will require a Purification from our Vices, and an Augmentation of our Virtues, or they will have no Blessings. The people will have unbounded Power. And the people are extremely addicted to Corruption and Venality, as well as the Great.
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Source Notes: Letter to his wife Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776, in Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters, ed. Andrew Carroll (1997).
John Adams (October 30, 1735 July 4, 1826) was the first (1789 1797) Vice President of the United States, and the second (1797 1801) President of the United States.
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