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Adams, John (1735-1826) to William Tudor

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00693.04 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Quincy, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 May 1818 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams, in retirement, writes to Tudor, who was clerk of Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts. Says he wants to make Tudor laugh. Sends Tudor a copy of Jemmibullero's (probably Samuel Waterhouse) "The Song of the Drunkard," which is not included here. Compares the work to James Otis's Latin and Greek prosody. This is part of a series of letters Tudor and Adams sent back and forth between 1816 and 1819.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Tudor, William, 1779-1830.
Otis, James, 1725-1783.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: President Humor and Satire, Alcohol, Poetry, Literature and Language Arts, Classical World and Ancient Civilization

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform