Adams Family Correspondence, volume 3

John Quincy Adams to Charles Adams, 6 June 1778 JQA Adams, Charles John Quincy Adams to Charles Adams, 6 June 1778 Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles
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 buisiness & 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 34one 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

LbC (Adams Papers); at foot of text: “to my brother Charles.” Text is given here in literal style.

Abigail Adams to James Warren, 7 June 1778 AA Warren, James Abigail Adams to James Warren, 7 June 1778 Adams, Abigail Warren, James
Abigail Adams to James Warren
Dear Sir Braintree, ca. 7 June 1778 1

Your Billit was deliverd to me a Day or two ago. I am much obliged to you for your kind offer but indeed Sir I know not where to find my Friend, my Imagination wanders like the Son of Ulyssus from Sea to Sea and from Shoar to Shoar. Tis now four months since the Boston saild in all which time we have never heard a word from our Friend's. Our Enemies tell us that She is taken and carried into Plimouth. I know not what to think, but I feel myself unhappy and the more so I think for hearing a day or two ago, that a French vessell had arrived at Portsmouth with News that the Boston was safe arrived in France but it proves that tho she left France near 8 weeks after the Boston saild from here that She heard nothing of her. I have wrote several times, but in my present state of anxiety I cannot write another word till I hear something or other from my Friend.2 However Sir if you have an opportunity and Faith enough to believe that you can find him in France, be so kind as to let him know that I am well as I can be with a mind so anxious and a Heart so unhappy, that our Little ones are all well, that my Father who is 70 odd years of age is now under inoculation for the small pox, and I hope like to do well,3 and that the rest of his Friends and conexions are well. If Mr. Adams should have been so unhappy as to have fallen into the Hands of our Enemie's, what method will be taken by Congress, with regard to him? A reply to this Question may perhaps aleviate the anxious mind of one who would ask forgiveness of a less sympathetick Heart for so often expressing the fears and Apprehensions of


Dft (Adams Papers); docketed by JQA: “June 1778.”


Its opening sentences make clear that this undated draft is a reply to James Warren's letter to AA from Boston of 2 June, above; consequently both the recipient's name and the approximate date have been editorially assigned with confidence. See also James Warren to JA, 7 June, stating that Warren ex-35pected letters from AA “Tomorrow which I presume will Inform you that the Family are well” (Adams Papers; Warren-Adams Letters , 2:18–21).


However, she did write to both JA and JQA in time to have her letters conveyed by the vessel Warren mentioned without naming, Capt. Corbin Barnes' schooner Dispatch. See AA's letters of 10 June and JA's reply of 26 July, all below.


Rev. William Smith's MS Diary for 1778 (MHi) contains the following entry: “3 June was Inoculated by Dr. Ephraim Wales in the 72 year of my age, at Col. Josiah Quincys.—Tarried at the Col. 3 weeks wanting a day. Gave the Doctor 8 Dollars for Inoculating me.”