Adams Papers

From John Adams to John Adams, 22 October 1815

Quincy October 22 1815

Dear John

Your capacity is as Smart and quick and ready, and retentive as any bodies. I Should not therefore be Surprised if you Should soon take a turn in your thoughts and pursuits, and outstrip both your Brothers, George and Charles in Latin and Greek, as well as in Arithmetick and Geometry.

But I want to know what School You attend; where you board; who are the Masters, Proceptors Ushers Schollars; and who your Playmates are and what your Games and Sports; and how you American Boys agree with the English Boys.

You must bend your mind to your Greek and Latin; to your Arithmetic and Fractions Vulgar and decimal, to Algebra and Geometry. These are the Studies that make Strong Minds and qualify them for every thing; for all Arts and Sciences; for every Species of Business; for all kinds of Service, public and private. I hope Soon to hear from you, Your Parents and Brother to all of whom present the love of


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