Letter from John Quincy Adams to his brother, Thomas Boylston Adams, 1786 July 2
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- Adams, John Quincy , 1767-1848
- .01 cubic feet (1 letter) ; 15.5 x 10 in.
- Harvard University Archives
This letter was written by John Quincy Adams on July 2, 1786 to his younger brother, Thomas Boylston Adams, who was then staying with their uncle, the Reverend John Shaw, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. In the letter, John gives Thomas advice on life as a student at Harvard, instructing him to choose his friends carefully, to favor those who are virtuous and studious over those who are idle and prone to vice, to maintain an "unblemished moral reputation," and to spend as much as six hours each day studying in order to excel as a scholar.
John Quincy Adams, future President of the United States, earned his Harvard A.B. in 1787; his brother Thomas earned his Harvard A.B. in 1790.