Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Adams, 19 February 1819

Quincy Feb’y – 19th 1819

Dear Sir

As you know I have often been ambitious of introducing to your acquaintance some of our literary characters, I now send you in the same spirit, some mathematical papers by our Mr Bowditch who has translated La Place’s mechanique celiste & has written commentaries upon it as voluminous as the book-; which are thought by our scientific people to be one of the greatest astronomical productions of the present age: I hope the public will soon see it in print. I would write you news if I had any—but this is “the piping time of peace” I am as ever your friend and humble servant—

John Adams

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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