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Docno: ADMS-04-04-02-0023

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1780-12-20

John Adams to John Quincy Adams

[salute] My dear John

I have just received a Letter from Mr. Thaxter and another from your Brother,1 and should have been equally pleased with one from you.
Write me as often as you can, and let me know what Professors you Attend and what Instructors attend you, whether you understand the Lectures &c.
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The Lectures upon the Greek of the New Testament, I would have you all attend, and those upon Euripides, Sophocles, &c. too if you have Time, and it is thought proper.
You have now a Prize in your Hands indeed. Such as if you do not improve to the best Advantage, you will be without Excuse. But as I know you have an Ardent Thirst for Knowledge and a good Capacity to acquire it, I depend upon it, you will do no Dishonour to yourself nor to the University of Leyden.

[salute] Your affectionate Father,

[signed] John Adams
1. Their letters were dated on the 19th, as stated in the following letter. That of Thaxter is printed above, but CA's has not been found.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.
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