James Adams (Jesuit)

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James Adams (1737 – 7 December 1802) was an English Jesuit and philologist.


Adams joined the English Jesuits in exile at their novitiate of Watten (France), on 7 September 1756. Afterwards Adams taught belles-lettres at the English College of St. Omer. Having exercised his functions as a missionary for many years, he retired to Dublin, August, 1802, and died there in the following month of December.


Adams was the author of the following works.

  • Early Rules for Taking a Likeness. with plates, London, 1792; translated from Bonamici.
  • Oratio Academica Anglice et Latine. London, 1793.
  • Euphonologia Linguae Anglicanae, Latine et Gallice, London, 1794; for which he received the thanks of the Royal Society.
  • Rule Britannia, or the Flattery of Free Subjects Expounded; to which is added an Academical Discourse. London, 1798.
  • A Sermon preached at the Catholic Chapel of St. Patrick, Sutton-street, on Wednesday, March 7, the Day of Public Fast. London, 1798.
  • The Pronunciation of the English Language Vindicated. Edinburgh 1799.