[dateline] Paris May ye 24 1778
[salute] Hond Mamma
I now having an opportunity which to my Satisfaction I have much oftener than I expected when I first came here, in which I improve every time I can in writing to you who has always been so kind a Mamma to me.
I last night went to the theatre, after we had got there we found there was no places empty upon which we came home again.
[salute] I must now conclude in being your dutiful son.
[signed] John Quincy Adams