Letter from John Quincy Adams to his brother, Thomas Boylston Adams, 1786 July 2

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About this Item

Creator
Adams, John Quincy , 1767-1848
Type
Harvard students’ letters.Family papers.Personal correspondence.
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
.01 cubic feet (1 letter) ; 15.5 x 10 in.
Date
1786
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990087356440203941

Content Notes

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.

Biographical Notes

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.