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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to Alexander H. Everett

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00125 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 April 1808 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Thanks Everett, Adams' law apprentice, for a letter written in a classical language (Latin or Greek). Senator Adams praises the value of "ancient learning," but writes this letter in English because he has not used his knowledge of the ancient language in a long time and feels his skill may have diminished. He then comments on the law books Everett has read, specifically works by Lord Coke and Blackstone. He also recommends several other works for Everett to read. Adams concludes with some comments about his family.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Everett, Alexander Hill, 1790-1847.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President, Education Law, Literature and Language Arts, Children and Family

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison