For many years the friendship between Jefferson and John Adams had been
broken off. Mrs. Adams had become decidedly hostile in feeling towards
Jefferson. But through a mutual friend, Dr. Rush, of Philadelphia, a
reconciliation was fully established between them.
It was a spectacle in which the whole country greatly rejoiced, to see the
intimacy restored between the two venerable men, once Presidents of the
United States, and brothers in helping secure the independence of their
Although they did not see each other face to face again, a continuous,
instructive and affectionate correspondence was kept up between them. Their
topics of discourse were those relating to Revolutionary times, but
especially to religion.