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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to James Bridge

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00958.01 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Newburyport, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 November 1787 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams covers several topics in this long letter to his Harvard classmate shortly after their graduation. He attended the ordination of Henry Ware, his first roomate at Harvard. While there, he has saw a number of their fellow classmates and learned of their plans. He tells a story of how several classmates helped to pay the bills of two of their peers, allowing them to graduate. Adams discusses studying law in Theophilus Parson's office, and invites Bridge to join him in a few months when places become available (which Bridge did). He also briefly discusses law texts he is studying. Adams concludes with a discussion of orations at Harvard, probably through the A.B. Club or Phi Beta Kappa. Originally number 6 in scrapbook.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Ware, Henry, fl. 1796-1800.
Bridge, James, 1765-1834.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President, Education, Religion, Finance, Charity and Philanthropy, Law, Fraternal Organization

Sub Era: Creating a New Government