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)

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