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From John Adams to John Adams, April 1818

Quincy April 1818

Mr Dear Child

I am much pleased with your Translation The Character of Anacreon is one of the many Mysteries of Antiquity which the Researches of your whole life will not be able to unridle.

He did well to renounce the Heroes for he either knows nothing of the Sons of Atreous of Cadmus the Theban King or of Hercules and his twelve Labours or if he knows any Thing he dared not tell what he knows.

It is however agreed that in voluptuous Poetry he has never been exceeded in the Long Track of Time from more than 500 before Christ to this 19th Centuary La Frontain himself never equalled him in delicacy No nor the Irish Voluptoary Moor

But if I mistake not your Nature John You have in your little head contemplations of Deeds of higher Renoun than the frivolus Amusements of Love and Wine

You will never Say with Miltons Liberation

Give us Love Gods and Wine

Or take what you gave

Majora Canamus. So advises and s prays Your / affectionate Grandfather

John Adams

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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