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John Adams to Abigail Adams

26 Jan. 1797

Dearest Friend Phil. Jan. 26 1797

I have only time to inclose you something.

Dr Priestley breakfasted with me. I asked him whether it was his Opinion that the French would ultimately establish a Republican Government. He Said it was; and his opinion was founded wholly upon the Prophecy. France appeared to him to be one of the Horns that were to fall off.—He acknowledged however the Uncertainty and related a Paragraph from a French Writer who travelled in England immediately before the Restoration of C. 2,—that the People were much engaged in disputing about a form of Government: But that all agreed there would never be any Kings in England again,

When Statesmen found their Judgments on Prophecies—I can never confide in their Opinions.

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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