. At the head of the text of this letter, and just possibly intended as an addendum
to it, but more likely part of a preceding (but missing) letter or even a wholly detached
thought, is a passage reading as follows: “A Project has just started into my Mind
of collecting the Anecdotes of the Lives of all the great Lawyers, ancient and modern.
The Character of Sulpitius suggested it to me. Vid. Middleton, V. 3 P. 134.”
Apparently nothing came of this passing thought. The reference is doubtless to Conyers
Middleton, The History of the Life of Cicero
, of which JA
owned a set, in 3 vols., London, 1755, now in MB
, from which the third volume is missing. The set had been presented to JA
as a Detur Prize at Harvard College (Catalogue of JA's Library
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, 2016.