The President’s message went in today. It is not so very powerful [a] one as that last session, but well adapted to the present state of affairs, as it
gives no hold to the enemies of the government.2
1. CFA read Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene in the morning and played cards with his family in the evening (D/CFA/1). JA’s copy
of Spenser, 2 vols., London, 1758, is among his books in the Boston Public Library
(Catalogue of JA’s Library, p. 234).
2. JQA’s second annual message of 5 December 1826 merely reviewed the current state of
public affairs and the actions taken by the administration to execute the laws. The
President made no new proposals but referred the Congress to suggestions offered in
his first message. See Richardson, ed., Messages and Papers, 2:350–364 and entry for 6 Dec. 1825, above.