What is the source for John Adams Sr. writing about Hamilton taking blame for Washington?

What is the source for John Adams Sr. writing about Hamilton taking blame for Washington?

I know I read a while ago one of John Adams' writings about how people were generally discontented with Washington during the latter years of his administration, but expressed anger towards Hamilton instead, as he wasn't the revered, almost deified figure Washington was. I've tried searching for the document online with various search terms, like "Hamilton Washington discontent Adams", and pretty much everything I can think of, but I can't find this source. It was definitely written by John Adams, though. Any thoughts? What was this document?

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If you are interested in some of the actual political blaming being discussed by that quote, you'll probably want to take a look at the writings of the US' first political hatchet-man, James Callender.

However, he didn't actually seem to have much compunction against saying nasty things about Washington. He wrote this when Washington left office:

If ever a nation was debauched by a man, the American nation has been debauched by Washington. If ever a nation has suffered from the improper influence of a man, the American nation has been deceived by Washington. Let his conduct then be an example to future ages. Let it serve to be a warning that no man may be an idol, and that a people may confide in themselves rather than in an individual.

He was also the man who published news of Alexander Hamilton's affair and payments to the woman's husband, which these days is famous as a major plot point in the musical Hamilton.


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