. This was the well-known Latin school or academy on the Singel (a canal in the heart
of Amsterdam) near the Muntplein (Mint Square). The building is now occupied by the
Amsterdam police. There is a contemporary account of the school in Le guide, ou nouvelle description d'Amsterdam
..., Amsterdam, 1772, p. 220–222, an anonymous but excellent guidebook, of which
's copy survives among his books in the Boston Public Library.
translated and copied this account into his Diary, 31 Aug.
, and in later entries tells a little of life at the school. Things did not go well,
however, for the precocious
under Dutch scholastic discipline. Since he did not know Dutch, he was kept in a
lower form, and the Rector, H. Verheyk, found him disobedient and impertinent. As
a result, on 10 Nov.
instructed Verheyk to send both of his sons home (JA-Verheyk correspondence in Adams Papers