Thomas Cushing of Salem,
Mass., informed his congressman of disunion sentiments in the North. Few Americans had the
perspective of John Adams, who feared that some of his "old friends in
Virginia and Massachusetts hold not in horror as much as I do a division of this Continent
into two or three nations and have not an equal dread of civil war." (to Stephen
Higginson, March 14, 1790, Massachusetts Historical Society)
Text transcript of the letter.