The Founders lived in perplexing, eventful and dangerous times. John Adams wrote that “I am but an ordinary Man. The Times alone have destined me to Fame.” Fortunately many men and women from the Founding Era went to great lengths to save their correspondence. Often this correspondence is brimming with passion, humor, anxieties, doubts, and, not least, hopes of this remarkable generation. Furthermore, in writing to friends, families and potential allies, the Founders described their colleagues in remarkably blunt terms.
It is our privilege to share with you a sampling of these word portraits that illuminate the character and personality of the Founders.
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