Recipient: Adams, John Quincy
[dateline] March 2 17801
[salute] My dear son
I cannot close the packet, without acknowledging the recept of your Letter, and thanking
you for it.
You have great reason for thankfullness to your kind preserver, who hath again carried
you through many dangers, preserved your Life and given you an opportunity of making
further improvements in virtue and knowledge. You must consider that every Moment
of your time is precious, if trifled away never to be recalled. Do not spend too much
of it in recreation, it will never afford you that permanant satisfaction which the
acquisition of one Art or Science will give you, and whatever you undertake aim to
make yourself perfect in it, for if it is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well.
I have written to you several times since your absence, and as you are seperated from
me I must endeavour to supply my absence by continuing to you all the advise I am
capable of giving you. To know that you attend to it will be ample satisfaction to
your ever affectionate