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& to encourage me in this resolution & enable me to keep it with more ease & advantage my father has given me hopes of a Present of a Pencil & Pencil Book in which I can make notes upon the spot to be Transfered afterwards in my Diary & my Letters[.] this will give me great Pleasure both because it will be a sure means of improvement to myself & enable me to be more entertain[in]g to you.

I am my ever honoured & revered Mamma your Dutiful & affectionate Son

John Quincy Adams

Adams, John Quincy. Letter to Abigail Adams, September 27, 1778. Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society. Published in Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 3: April 1778 - September 1780 (Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1973). Page 92-93.