Adams Papers

John Adams to John Quincy Adams, 9 February 1790

John Adams to John Quincy Adams

New York Feb. 9. 1790

My dear son

I hope your Anxiety, about your Prospects of future Life, will not be indulged too far. If, after your Term with Mr Parsons expires your Judgment, Inclination and Advice of your Friends lead you to Boston, you shall have my full Consent and Approbation.

If you could contrive to get a Small Family into my House with whom you could reputably board: and could reserve the best Room and Chamber, for your office and Lodging Room, I should not be displeased with the Arrangement. an office you must have. enquire into this matter, and let me know upon what Terms you can board, and have an office.— Upon this Plan, you might make an Excursion sometimes to Braintree, and pursue your studies there, especially in the Heat of summer when the Air of Boston is unwholesome.

inclosed is a Copy of Mr Fitsimmons’s Motions Yesterday on the national Debt.1

May the Blessing of God attend you my dear son. so wishes and prays your / Affectionate Father

John Adams

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mr J. Q. Adams.”

1Enclosure not found. Thomas Fitzsimmons (1741–1811), congressman from Pennsylvania, introduced on 8 Feb. a set of eight resolutions summarizing the central points of Alexander Hamilton’s report on the public credit. Following a similar motion by William Loughton Smith, Fitzsimmons successfully argued that debating the report in the form of resolutions was the most expedient way to discuss its content (DAB description begins Allen Johnson, Dumas Malone, and others, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–1936; repr. New York, 1955–1980; 10 vols. plus index and supplements. description ends ; New York Daily Advertiser, 9 Feb.).

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