But Adams did not just read books. He battled them. The casual presumption that there is some kind of rough correlation between the books in the library of any prominent historical figure and the person’s cast of mind would encounter catastrophe with Adams, because he tended to buy and read book with which he profoundly disagreed. Then, as he read, he recorded in the margins and at the bottom of the pages his usually hostile opinions of the arguments and authors.... [T]he Adams marginalia constitute evidence more revealing of his convictions about political theory than any of his official publications.
Paper mâché tray. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
Two-sided locket, ivory; 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm ). New-York Historical Society, New York, NY.
Mezzotint; 356 mm x 238 mm.; published in London by John Morris. British Museum, London, England.
The only known portrait of Steuben without a military uniform, at about age 40.
Oil on canvas, lined to fiberglass; 38 x 72 1/2 in. (96.5 x 184.2 cm). New-York Historical Society, New York, NY.