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John Adams – State of the Union – November 11, 1800

John Adams – State of the Union – November 11, 1800

Oct 18, 2012

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: Immediately after the adjournment of Congress at their last session in Philadelphia I gave directions, in compliance with the laws, for the removal of the public offices, records, and property. These directions have been executed, and the public officers have since resided and conducted the...

John Adams – State of the Union – December 3, 1799

John Adams – State of the Union – December 3, 1799

Oct 18, 2012

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: It is with peculiar satisfaction that I meet the 6th Congress of the United States of America. Coming from all parts of the Union at this critical and interesting period, the members must be fully possessed of the sentiments and wishes of our constituents. The flattering prospects of...

John Adams – State of the Union – December 8, 1798

John Adams – State of the Union – December 8, 1798

Oct 18, 2012

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: While with reverence and resignation we contemplate the dispensations of Divine Providence in the alarming and destructive pestilence with which several of our cities and towns have been visited, there is cause for gratitude and mutual congratulations that the malady has disappeared and that...

John Adams – State of the Union – November 22, 1797

John Adams – State of the Union – November 22, 1797

Oct 18, 2012

Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: I was for some time apprehensive that it would be necessary, on account of the contagious sickness which afflicted the city of Philadelphia, to convene the National Legislature at some other place. This measure it was desirable to avoid, because it would occasion much public inconvenience...