we suffered from an apprehension of his danger was great: it is now fully
recompensed by his safe return to those friends that dearly love him. He
was ever a favourite you know, and still continues to possess the amiable
qualities that in his younger years gained the affection of his friends.
You, my Brother are far, very far removed from your friends and connections:
it is a painfull reflection to those that have parted with a son and a Brother.
It is not the person that goes abroad in quest of any object whether Knowledge,
business, or pleasure that is pained by the seperation. Every object they
meet imprint[s] new ideas on their minds; new scenes soon engage their attention,
still looking forward they have but little time to reflect on their past
time, the pleasure they receive is so much more than a balance for the pain
that their time passes in almost an uninterrupted course of happiness. On
the contrary the friends they leave are still dwelling on the painfull event
that deprived them of much happiness; no pleasing scenes present to the
Abigail 2d. Letter to John Quincy Adams, May 3, 1782. Adams Family Papers,
Massachusetts Historical Society. Published in Adams Family Correspondence,
Volume 4: October 1780 - September 1782 (Cambridge: The Belknap Press of
Harvard University Press, 1973). Pages 319-321.