The science of government is my duty to study, more than all the other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiations ought to take place of, indeed to exclude in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

—John Adams, in a letter to Abigail Adams in 1780.

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