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IN 1980 L. M. Kaiser traced the source of this |most vivid Latin phrase' found in a letter written by John Adams to James Warren during 1776 back to the medieval poet Walter of Chatillon (c. 1135-c. 1200).(1) Kaiser noted in regard to the letter's contents that |in the course of his remarks to Warren, Adams hoped people would be able to travel anywhere except to the "Dominions of him [the king of England] who is adjudged to be Nerone Neronior"'.(2) Kaiser then matched the phrase to another he found in Chatillon's poem on the Anti-Christ, |Dum contemplor animo seculi tenorem'. The seventeenth stanza of this 120 line poem reads:(3)
Rex, qui perdit presulem in proditione,
Re vera Neronior est ipso Nerone. [A king who destroys a magistrate in a …