TCES #30 John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, friends, adversaries and divine destiny 5-23-18
“Hey Ben you going to the Red Sox game tonight?” Tyrek wondered. ” Yea man remember I got us two tickets in the cheap seats!”
They had just got out of school and were headed for the closest burger joint to get a half pounder and lotsa fries.
Ben had his Bosox hat on backwards as always and Tyrek’s red underwear were on display as that was the style in the inner city.
They sat down in the booth and Tyrek piped up, So what’s the deal with you on the hottie you are sitting next to in American History class?” ” I know right she has really got it going on, hasn’t she?”
“Oh yeah, I had my eye on her too but you be closing in on her before I could get anywhere near her!”
“Well she’s agreed that I could study with her and I am loving it. Even the part about the actual subject stuff we are doing in class, and you know I ain’t no big on studies! Ben offered with a smirk. “But she was telling me this unusual stuff about the second and third presidents of the United States that really got my engine going and I really got interested.”
“No way man!” Tyrek gushed as he took another huge chomp on the juicy burger.
“Yea, right, I know, I even surprised myself.”
“Okay, so what was it about?” Tyrek inquired. Now slamming down some semi hot fries.
“It is like this, both these men were from different parties, but had worked hard to help frame the young government, that they always had a bigger camaraderie then rivalry, and a classic rivalry they had especially when they ran against each other in the 1796 and 1800 elections, Adams winning a narrow victory in 1796. Adams and Jefferson had differing theological persuasions but both man had an obvious respect for the Bible. They were coined as Founding “Frenemies.”
This was an unlikely pair of friends Jefferson being tall and stately, while Adams was stout and given to emotional outbursts at times, but their friendship lasted half a century.
They first met in 1775 as delegates to the continental Congress. Their friendship grew stronger in the 1780s when Adams and Jefferson served in diplomatic missions to Europe. When Jefferson lost his wife Martha, Abigail and John crew to consider him almost a part of the family as they consoled him.
When they return to the states things got more complicated as Jefferson favored more power to the states in the new republican party and feared a large central authority where as Adams wanted more of a central authority with the Federalist Party.
in 1800 Jefferson defeated Adams to become the third president and it was one of the nastiest campaigns ever. Adams left not attending the inauguration returned to Quincy to his beloved Abigail, and the two did not speak or correspond for 12 years.
At the prodding of Benjamin Rush, Adams send a short note to Monticello and the two of them would exchange 158 letters in the next 14 years.
It is truly divine they both died on the same day,exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.”
“Well it sounds to me like this young sweet thing is really getting into your head, amigo.”
Ben smiled and said,”Not only my head good buddy but also my heart!”