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Who Said It? “I must study politiciks and war…”

I must study Politicks and War...

John Adams portrait by Gilbert Stuart

John Adams, writing to his wife Abigail from Paris (May 12, 1780)

I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.

Source: New England Historical Society

Posted on March 2, 2023

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