Adams Family Correspondence, volume 7

Cotton Tufts to Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams to Abigail Adams Smith

John Quincy Adams to William Cranch, 20 August 1786 JQA Cranch, William


John Quincy Adams to William Cranch, 20 August 1786 Adams, John Quincy Cranch, William
John Quincy Adams to William Cranch
Sir Cambridge Augt: 20th. 1786 You are, though living in a garret No more a Poet, than a Parrot At first you take a doggrel verse, And, alexandrine then rehearse. You hobble on, or wrong or right With sometimes ten and sometimes eight. By your own syllogistic rule You must confess yourself a fool. and if Bob Longer lacks of wit He that is shorter must have it. Besides I see you've chang'd your name Because the first brought you to shame 324 And must certainly be wrong Who now is short, and now is long. R. S.1

RC (Privately owned); addressed: “Mr: Bob Longer. In the paradise of fools.”


Probably an abbreviation for “Robert Shorter” (that is, Bob Shorter), a comment on JQA's and Cranch's relative heights.