John Adams to Rector Verheyk
Nov. 10. 1780
I have this moment received, with Surprise and Grief, your Billet.
I pray you Sir, to send my Children to me this Evening and your Account, together with their Chests and Effects tomorrow. I have the Honour to be, with great Respect, Sir, your humble servant,
FC (Adams Papers); in JA’s hand, written on verso of Verheyk’s note, q.v. preceding; at foot of text: “M. H. Verheyk, Rector Gymn. Publ.”
From surviving correspondence it does not appear that JA explicitly told AA of this incident, but a few weeks later, in reporting to her that he was sending the two boys with Thaxter to continue their studies at Leyden, he spoke bitterly of the mean-spiritedness of Dutch schoolmasters (to AA, 18 Dec., below).