13. Cotton Tufts to Abigail Adams
Weymouth, 20 September 1787 (excerpts)1

… We are, in the Massachusetts, at present in a State of Peace and Quietness, waiting for the Result of the federal Convention—Pardon has been granted to all those Traitors that were under Sentence of Death. …

Mr. Adams’s Defence has gone through several Editions in America—it has met with great Applause there are a few however, that seem to be disgusted with his Encomiums on the British Constitution and the Spirit which the Defence discovers against pure Democracy there are some whom we may suppose to be fomentors of Factions under british Influence and perhaps employed to poison the Minds of People & sow Discord, who have endeavoured to insinuate into the Minds of some People, That Mr. A. was for Monarchy and his Plan to introduce one of the Young Princes of England to take the Throne in America The Remarks of the London Monthly Reviewers have been published here a few Days past and those of [ye?] critical Reviewers follow these as a contrast—The Ill nature of Great Britain towards America—American Ministers & American Productions will continue until we have a national efficient Government. …

1. RC, Adams Family Papers, MHi.