id consideration and enlightened patriotism of the legislature.
John Quincy Adams.
Jubilee of the Constitution.
The following is the address of Mr. Adams before the New York Historical Society, April 30, 1830:
Would it be an unlicensed trespass of the imagination to conceive that, on the night preceding the day of which you new commemorate the fiftieth anniversary — on the night preceding the 30th of April, 1789, when from the balcony of your city hall the Chancellor of the State of New York administered to (George Washington the solemn oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States, and to the best of his ability to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States--that in the visions of the night the guardian angel of the Father of our Country had appeared before him, in the venerated form of his mother, and, to cheer and encourage him in the performance of the momentous and solemn duties that he was about to assume, had delive