Adams Papers

From John Adams to J. H. Tiffany, 23 June 1819

Quincy June 23d. 1819

dear Sir—

I have received your favour of the 14th.—as Religion and Government and the Literature and the Sciences Subservient to them are the only objects worth the Study of a wise Man—I love every sincere enquirer after truth relative to either of these Subjects—

I cearch for principles petits fontes nullius addictus jurare in verba magistri jurare in verba magistri—is the only precept that can guid us to Solid conclutions—

I fear I have made you a promis that I am unable to perform I thought I had a Copy of the Discourses on Davila which I call the fourth Volum of the Defence but I cannot find it whether it has been lent—or borrowed without lending I cannot find out—

I am Sir your obliged humble Servant

John Adams.

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