Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Adams, 20 August 1821

Montezillo August 20 1821

Dear Sir

There are on the Journals of Congress Some early resolutions for establishing a Nursery for the education of young men in military Science discipline and tactics: but paper money was so scarce that they never could afford to carry them into execution. When the idea was revived I do not remember; but it has been cherished under Jefferson Madison and Monroe and is now brought to a considerable degree of perfection. The late Visits of the Cadets to Several States Seem to have made the institution popular.

Would not a Similar establishment for the education of Naval Officers be equally Usefull. The public Opinion of the nation Seems now to be favourable to a Navy as the cheapest and Safest Arm for our national defence. Is not this a favourable moment for proposing a naval Accademy?

Floyd is gone! You and Jay and Carrol are all who remain. We Shall all be asterised very soon. Sic transit Gloriola (Is there such a Latin Word?) mundi.

John Adams

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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