and of right ought to be, free and independent states.
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, naval architecture, navigation,
commerce and agriculture,
in order to give their children a right
to study painting, poetry, music, architecture,
statuary and porcelain."
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 5th, 1780