Adams said this because like Washington, Adams wanted the Federalist Party to stay in power. Washington and Adams were both opportunist and knew how to walk on the backs of others and their efforts."There is nothing I dread so much as a division of the Republic, each arranged under its leader and concerting measures in opposition to each other". "This is to be dreaded, in my humble opinion, as the greatest political evil under our constitution". JOHN ADAMS
If our freedom from British rule was left them or anyone in the continental congress we would still be under British rule.
The same goes for the people in this government. As we leave our freedom and liberty for them to protect it will be lost.