Democracy and Lovelaces

John Adams saying John Adams things:

Democracy is Lovelace and the people are Clarissa. The artful villain will pursue the innocent lovely girl to her ruin and her death. . . . The time would fail me to enumerate all the Lovelaces in the United States. It would be an amusing romance to compare their actions and character with his.

Source: Quoted in Prodigals and Pilgrims: The American Revolution against Patriarchal Authority 1750-1800 by Jay Fliegelman (just bought it because it sounds like a scorcher.)

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