Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 19 February 1819

From John Adams

Quincy Feb’y–19th 1819

Dear Sir

As you know I have often been ambitious of introducing to your acquaintance some of our literary characters, I now send you in the same spirit, some mathematical papers by our Mr Bowditch who has translated La Place’s mechanique coeliste & has written commentaries upon it as voluminous as the book—; which are thought by our scientific people to be one of the greatest astronomical productions of the present age: I hope the public will soon see it in print. I would write you news if I had any—but this is “the piping time of peaceI am as ever your friend and humble servant—

John Adams

RC (DLC); entirely in Harriet Welsh’s hand; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Mar. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in MHi: Adams Papers).

The enclosed mathematical papers were probably duplicates of those sent to TJ the preceding year by their author (see Nathaniel Bowditch to TJ, 30 Mar. 1818). the piping time of peace derives from William Shakespeare, Richard III, act 1, scene 1.

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  • books; on astronomy search
  • books; on mathematics search
  • Bowditch, Nathaniel; andTraité de Mécanique Céleste (P. S. Laplace) search
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  • Laplace, Pierre Simon, marquis de; Traité de Mécanique Céleste search
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