Why hast Thou forsaken us?
I pray Heaven to bestow the best blessings on this House and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.
-- John Adams, in a letter from the White House to Abigail Adams, November 2, 1800
|John Adams, 1783|
(John Singleton Copley, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard)