Recipient: Adams, Thomas Boylston
[dateline] Octr. 20. 1775
[salute] My dear son
I have suffered a great deal of Anxiety on your Account, having heard of your severe
sickness. But am very glad to learn that you are better.1
I hope you will remember to whom you are obliged for your Restoration to Health, and
that you will be sensible of the kind Care of your Mamma in your Illness and thankfull
Your excellent Grandmamma, it is to be feared, took the Distemper which proved fatal
to her at our House when she was kindly assisting your Mamma in attending upon you
and the rest of the sick Family.— Your Age was so tender that you never had so much
Knowledge of her, as your sister and Brothers, but I hope you knew so much of her
Goodness as to wish to imitate it.
Be always dutifull and obedient to your Mamma and mind your Books—for it is only from
your Books and the kind Instructions of your Parents that you can expect to be usefull
in the World.