March 24 1815: A Father’s Advice

My Son! You are now in the most difficult and dangerous Situation that you ever was in. You will be courted by Dissenters by Republicans, by Courtiers. Reserve! Reserve! of which I know not whether your Nature is capable, will be indispensable. Go Sometimes to St. James’s Chapel and to the Sunday Levees with the foreign Ambassadors. Go, Sometimes to Hackney and the Old Jewry. But enter into no British or Scottish or Irish Parties or Factions. Your Country is destined to be forever, a foreign Nation; at least, untill We have a Naval Power able to protect Great Britain as well as the U.S. With Sensations Emotions Reflections that I cannot express I am.

— John Adams writes to give advice to his  son John Quincy Adams, March 24 1815.

 

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