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Out of the highest admiration
these first volumes
of the Papers of John Adams
are dedicated to
Editor in Chief Emeritus
without whose arrangement and interpretation
of Adams Papers materials
no ready succession of editors
would have been possible.
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This edition of The Adams Papers
is sponsored by the massachusetts historical society
to which the adams manuscript trust
by a deed of gift dated 4 April 1956
gave ultimate custody of the personal and public papers
written, accumulated, and preserved over a span of three centuries
by the Adams family of Massachusetts
The acorn and oakleaf device shown above has been redrawn from a seal cut for John Quincy Adams after 1830. The motto is from Caecilius Statius as quoted by Cicero in the First Tusculan Disputation: Serit arbores quae alteri seculo prosint (“He plants trees for the benefit of later generations”).