"How is it possible [that Voltaire] should represent the Hebrews in such a contemptible light? They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their Empire were but a Bauble in comparison of the Jews. They have given religion to three quarters of the Globe and have influenced the affairs of Mankind more, and more happily, than any other Nation ancient or modern." 
In 1819, Adams wrote to American Zionist Mordecai Manuel Noah:
"Farther I could find it in my heart to wish that you had been at the head of a hundred thousand Israelites . . . & marching with them into Judea & making a conquest of that country & restoring your nation to the dominion of it. For I really wish the Jews again in Judea an independent nation."
Of course, Adams rather impertinently continues that the Jews could then convert to his unitarian brand of Christianity, but that's John Adams:
"I believe [that] . . . once restored to an independent government & no longer persecuted they [the Jews] would soon wear away some of the asperities and peculiarities of their character & possibly in time become liberal Unitarian Christians for your Jeh-vah is our Jeh-vah & your G-d of Abraham Isaac and Jacob is our G-d."
"Asperities and peculiarities of their character." To a Jew. Ah, John Adams, the Joe Biden of his age, God love him.
All research by Michael Feldberg at sullivan-county.com.