Adams Papers

From John Adams to Benjamin Waterhouse, 17 March 1817

Quincy Mar. 17. [1817]

Dear Sir

Have you read certain Strictures upon Painters and Paintings in the Newspapers? What do you think of them?

I am pleased with his gratitude to Copeley, but I believe he was not perfect Master of Copeleys Merit.

There is a Portrait of Justice Dana in his Robebands and Tie Wigg of a Barrister at Law, now no doubt in possesion of his Descendants. There is a full Length Portrait of Governor Adams, probably in possession of his Daughter. The Hon. Mr Quincy has a Portrait of his Grandfather. And there are many others. In these Portraits there is Truth Nature and Fact. You can Scarcely help discour[s]ing with them, asking them questions and receiving Answers.

I wish I could See you oftener, but as I know this is impossible I can only express the regard of

John Adams

MHi: Adams-Waterhouse Collection.

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