"Two Pieces of Homespun"
John Adams to Thomas Jefferson,
January 1, 1812
State Department transfer, 1904 (9.9)
After nearly twelve years of enmity stemming from their spirited
presidential election of 1800, won by Jefferson, both men were induced
to resume a correspondence and ultimately a friendship by Benjamin
Rush (1745-1813) of Philadelphia. This letter of January 1, 1812,
was the first in the resumed exchange that would last until their
deaths on July 4, 1826. Adams enclosed John Quincy Adams's (1767-1848)
Lectures on Rhetoric and Oratory, which he described
as "two Pieces of Homespun."