Following their terms as President, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams through their private correspondence demonstrated that shared values should supersede disputes over partisan disagreements.  In an exchange related to differentiating natural from artificial aristocracies:

Notwithstanding his qualifications, definitions, and expostulations, [John Adams] declared that he saw no disagreement between himself and Jefferson.

[Source: D. Malone, The Sage of Monticello (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1981), p. 240.]

Definition from Merriam-Webster online:  n. an act of earnest reasoning with a person for the purpose of dissuasion or remonstrance.

This post is part of a series, in which I look up words from my reading.  These entries include foreign phrases, archaic and technical terms, and words for which my understanding is too approximate for my liking.

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