The Writings of Samuel Adams - Volume 4 eBook

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I introducd your Son to your old Friend the President who receivd him with great Courtesy.  Upon my hinting to the President that if he had publick Letters to send to Boston, this young Gentleman would take good Care of them, and it would be the Means of providing him with an Horse for his Journey, he very politely told me he should be glad [to] serve him in that Way, He as well as Monsr Girard having Letters which mt be as well sent by him as by any other Person.  I assure you it is not Flattery to tell you that I am exceedingly pleasd with your Son.  His modest Assurance is very engaging.  If his Life is spared and his Morals well fixed, I think he will make an excellent Citizen.  That the Children of N England may rise and serve God & their Country in the Room of their Fathers is the most ardent Prayer of

your cordial Friend,


[Ms., Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.]

Philade Oct 6-78.


I receivd your favor of the 23d of Septr by yesterdays Post.  You tell me that Boston is become a new City, and explain your self by mentioning the exceeding Gayety of Appearance there.  I would fain hope this is confind to Strangers.  Luxury & Extravagance are in my opinion totally destructive of those Virtues which are necessary for the Preservation of the Liberty and Happiness of the People.  Is it true that the Review of the Boston Militia was closd with an expensive Entertainment?  If it was, and the Example is followed by the Country, I hope I shall be excusd when I venture to pledge myself, that the Militia of that State will never be put on such a Footing as to become formidable to its Enemies.  I am told that such a Practice is contrary to the Letter of the Militia Act.  I trust then I was misinformd when I was told that it was countenanced by those who of all Men ought to pay the most sacred Regard to the Law.  Are we arrivd to such a Pitch of Levity & Dissipation as that the Idea of feasting shall extinguish every Spark of publick Virtue, and frustrate the Design of the most noble and useful Institution.  I hope not.  Shall we not again see that Sobriety of Manners, that Temperance, Frugality, Fortitude and other manly Virtues wch were once the Glory and Strength of my much lov’d native Town.  Heaven grant it speedily!



[Ms., Samuel Adams Papers, Lenox Library.]

PHILAD 11 Octobr 1778


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