John Adams letter 1800 only honest and wise in this house

John Adams is no longer connected through Jeremy Adams and family but I’m keeping this as it compares a place and a time to our modern times.

This is what 2nd President John Adams (4th cousin 9x removed) wrote from the White House about 216 years ago in a letter to his wife Abigail:


Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 2 November 1800 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society.

Adams wrote this in November of 1800, just before the election, won by Thomas Jefferson. Today in America October 2016 we’re about 1 month away from electing the 45th President. My ancestors would be horrified.