25 December 176450

    Boston December 25th 1764

    Dear Sir

    This I hope will find you in London, happier if possible, than even your warmest wishes ever desired. Yet indeed, this is little better than mere selfishness, for being so nearly connected with you by family alliance, and more especially by that hearty and I believe sincere friendship, which has ever since our relation, strictly subsisted between us, I must, at least, greatly participate, if not equally share with you, every smile of fortune. In your present situation, the letters of your friends can do little more than bear their love and regards, surrounded with so many new and striking objects, some of them, I am sure, very disagreeable, not to say detestable, to one of your turn of mind, and others perplexing, as well as entertaining. In such a situation it must necessarily be the greatest mark of regard, not to perplex you still more, with long and unimportant letters; but as I know you will willingly spare a minute in hearing the welfare and well being of your friends, on this side the water, I have taken the present opportunity to inform you of the health of your father, and brother, and my sister, all of whom I lately saw, and who heartily joined, with other friends, in wishing you the greatest success, together with dear Sir,

    your affectionate friend and brother,

    J. Quincy jun.

    I must again renew the request I made before you sailed, if the time can be spared from the hurry of business, that you would give me your sentiments of London, &c., and of men and things in general; and let me know whether you do not find human nature every where the same, though perhaps in different garbs, in London, and at Sherborn. Your sentiments will be such (you must be conscious) as may strictly be depended upon by every one. At least you know they will be highly relied on by me, both for veracity and judgment. For Caelum non Animum mutant, qui trans mare currunt;51 and if this is true, I think you will comply with my request. I have lately seen an account in the Monthly Review for January last of a book entitled: “The Life of the Honourable Sir John Holt, Knight, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Kings Bench, containing several arguments touching the rights and liberties of the people, delivered by his Lordship with great reason and remarkable courage, upon most important occasions, during the reigns of their Majesties King William 3d and Queen Anne, taken from the Reports of Lord Chief Justice Raymond &c&c&c., never before published. By a gentleman of the Inner Temple”.52 This book with the above pompous title is highly recommended by the aforesaid Reviewers, as curious and useful, to all Gentlemen of the Law especially. If this book should deserve the character here given, and you will purchase and send the same to me, I will account with you, as you shall direct, and return if in my power, the favor with gratitude.