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John Quincy Adams to Abigail Adams 2d

Passy Septr. ye 27 1778

My Dear sister

it is some time since I wrote you a Letter & if I should neglect it a great while longer you would have no right to complain because you have been negligent in writing to me. however I think I will not take advantage of you.

But what Subject Shall I write you upon as you have now the honour to be miss in <her> your teens I suppose you begin to look about the world for Diversion. if you was here you would have a surfeit of them. the number of <them> gay amusements in this Country is Litterally infinite & therefore it would be

Adams, John Quincy. Letter to Abigail Adams 2d, September 27, 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 93-94.