John Adams was born in Aberdeen and died at Putney (London). Educated at Aberdeen University, he became minister of the Scotch Kirk at Hatton Garden and ran a successful academy in Putney. During the course of his career in London, he published a number of books intended to educate the nation's youth, some of which were widely reprinted. Most of these works first appeared in the period 1788–95 and bore the imprint of the London bookseller George Kearsley. They include two volumes of elegant anecdotes and bons mots; extracts of voyage accounts; a volume of moral tales and letters; the ‘flowers’ of ancient and modern history, as well as a ‘universal history’; and a history of women.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.