"Last Night I had a Visit from Dr. Rush, whose Tongue ran for an hour. So many Compliments, so many old Anecdotes… The Dr. then ran on with his Compliments to me and Sarcasms upon [Washington]… It hurt me to hear this. But his old Griefs and Prejudices Still hang about him. He got disappointed to Washington during the War. He has conversed with Dr. Edwards and Edwards has told him that Washingtons Character is wholly prostrate in France — that Mr. Munroe has been very active and industrious in behalf of his Country, that when his Letters come to be published, they will do him great honour &c. I heard all this with perfect Composure. I only asked if Dr. Edwards had not been Speculating in french revolutionary funds? Oh no was his answer — he believed not. He confessed he had never read the Treaty with England nor one thing in favour of it or against it. He knew not whether it was a good or a bad one. He only disliked the Secrecy with which it was formed, negotiated, and ratified.
All this Chaos, I heard in Silence, lamenting to see that the Southern Politicians had got so fast hold of him, he knew not why. With regard to my Election he had taken no Part. He had been neutral. But he had made it a Rule, whenever either Jefferson or myself had been traduced in his Company to vindicate Us both."
John to Abigail Adams, January 1, 1797