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John Quincy Adams to Charles Adams

Paris June ye 6 1778

I often envy you the pleasure you enjoy in being at a place where you with pleasure look around you upon the rugged rocks & homly pastures & what is of more Consequence you can Converse with Mamma Sister & brother. these are pleasures that are not exceeded by all the gaiety & riches of europe. your business & mine are upon the Same foundation to qualify ourselves to be useful members of Society & to get a living in the world, & I am Convinced from experience that your opportunities for this are as good as mine by the advice of a most excellent mother & the use of a valuable Library. after all the distresses & dangers I have gone through to obtain them you have one advantage over me & that is that you are less exposed to vice & folly, but I hope I shall never be tempted by them. we are Sent into this world for Some end. it is our duty to discover by Close study what this end is & when we once discover it to pursue it with unconquerable perseverance

I am &c.

John Quincy Adams

Adams, John Quincy. Letter to Charles Adams, June 6, 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). Pages 33-34.