Adams Papers

From John Adams to Joseph Delaplaine, 8 June 1813

Quincy June 8th 1813


There are several things abroad which are reported to have been intended as pictures of me; some of them drawn by persons who never saw me. others by persons <who never saw me> to whom I never sat and others and others by painters who requested me to sit.

I pretend not to be a judge of the merit of any of them. But there is not an approved likness among them. The least approved of all is one that was taken by a Roman Catholic priest who was preaching to me while I was sitting mute before him, on transubstantiation and the incarnation of God. This he had engraved and as Mr Stewart informed me, sold two and twenty thousand of them at a dollar a piece

My head has been so long the sport of painters, as my heart has been of libellers, that I shall make no objection to any use that may be made of either

It would rejoice my soul to see a real portrait of Dr Rush or Mr Jay.

I am Sir your humble Servant

John Adams

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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