28 September 176882

    Boston September 28 1768


    To compassionate and relieve the distressed, is the highest gratification to a benevolent heart; therefore, with sorrow, I inform you that it is utterly inconsistent, with my present plan of business, to take a Clerk into my office. As my reasons are many, and most of them of a private nature, you will chearfully excuse my giving you any enumeration.

    But permit, a stranger, to inform you, from experience, that the law is an arduous science indeed. He, who enters into the study, ought to have an ambition to reach the summit of his profession; and resolution enough to cleanse an augean stable, to attain the object of his wishes. Antient and modern learning in general, great mathematical knowledge, and a sound, logical head, joined with an undissipated mind, are but some of the pre-requisites for our student. To almost every pleasure, except what results from science, he must bid a long adieu.

    Dear Sir! I feel for you indeed. Think cooly, reflect maturely, before you engage; once engaged, persevere to the end.

    With the most tender sympathy in the sorrows of a worthy family, for your past imprudent conduct, and the most fervent prayers for your future felicity, I am, Dear Sir,

    Your hearty and very Sincere well wisher.

    Josiah Quincy junr