The Adams-Jefferson Letters

Cappon, Lester J., ed. 1971. The Adams-Jefferson Letters. New York: Simon and Shuster.

The dialogue between these two seminal figures represents an intimate portrayal of the trials associated with the first 50 years of the republic. Their discussed included the structure of government, philosophy, religion, current politics as well as their personal lives. Starting in 1775, these men actively corresponded in order to determine the best course of action when attempting to break from the British. During the 1780s they both acted as foreign ministers and continued to value each others views. After a bitter political battle during their two presidencies, they re-established a connection in 1826 which continued until their death.