But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest. Like a Coach and six-the swiftest Horses must be slackened and the slowest quickened, that all may keep an even Pace.
Source: letter to Abigail Adams, June 11/June 17, 1775.—Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, vol. 1, p. 216 (1963).
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