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Note on the text:

"Smollet" refers to Tobias Smollet's A Complete History of England, a book much loved by both JQA and his father.
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PS Sir if you will be So good as to favour me with a Blank book I will transcribe the most remarkable occurances I mett with in my reading which will Serve to fix them upon my mind.


Adams, John Quincy. Letter to John Adams, June 2, 1777. Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society. Published in Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 2: June 1776 - March 1778 (Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1963). Pages 254-255.