Adams Family Correspondence, volume 4

John Thaxter to John Adams

Abigail Adams to John Thaxter

John Quincy Adams to John Adams, 3 February 1781 JQA JA John Quincy Adams to John Adams, 3 February 1781 Adams, John Quincy Adams, John
John Quincy Adams to John Adams
Hond. Sir Leyden Feby. the 3d. 1780 i.e. 1781

I yesterday received your's of the 31st of Jany. in whic you desir'd me to write you a few lines now and then to inform you of my progress in Literature. I have just finish'd Copying a Treatise upon Greek by Mr. Hemsterhuis which our master has been so good as to lend me. It is very rare and there are but very few exemples of it here, and I believe that you would be very much pleas'd with it.1

I should be very much obliged to you if you would send me The Vocabulary of Words of the same terminations in French, English, and dutch, which Mr. Searle had.

I am very impatient to see Pope's works. I should be very glad also to see my old acquaintance.

Our master desires me to send his respects to you.

I am your most dutiful Son, John Quincy Adams

RC (Adams Papers); addressed in an unidentified hand: “A Monsieur Monsieur Adams: chez Monsieur Hendrik Schorn Sur l'agter burgwal by de hoogestraat a Amsterdam”; docketed in John Thaxter's hand: “Johnny 3d. Feby. 1781.”


This, though attributed to Professor Hemsterhuis, may in fact be a MS in 104 folios that remains among JQA's papers entitled “Dictata Celeberrimi Valckenarii ad Analogiam Linguae Graecae” (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel 217). JQA dated his copy at the head “January 21st. 81,” and at the end “January 31st. 81.” It seems doubtful that he was copying still another treatise on Greek at the very same time.