9 April 1773207

    Braintree April 9th 1773

    My dear Son,

    The Contents of your first Letter gave your Friends both Pleasure and Pain: Pain to hear you were called to endure so much upon your Passage but greatly overballanced by the good News of your safe Arrival at the Port you were bound to, and that notwithstanding the Fatigue and Anxiety you underwent you thought your Self better than when you left Us. If my Wishes and Prayers are heard and granted, we shall ere’ long meet and rejoice together, with Hearts filled with Gratitude to our divine Benefactor, for every Instance of his unmerited Goodness to us, whilst absent from each other.

    As to what has occurred in private and publick Life since you left us, the publick Prints and Letters from your Friends in Boston will inform you much better than I can. I forget whether it was just before, or soon after you sailed, that the good old Lady Madam Marsh, began sensibly to decline, by losing her Appetite and other Symtoms of her approaching Dissolution. She has been confined to her Chamber above these six Weeks past, and is now scarce able to get from her Bed to the Fire. She is free from Pain, and sleeps the greatest Part of her Time. Her understanding is remarkably clear and Vivacity of Spirits that almost excites Envy. She often asks if any more of your Letters are come to hand.208 Your two Sisters have had the Measles and almost got well again as also Tower and Nat. Your poor Mother has had a most fateguing Time of it; has never been to Boston since she took Leave of you. We depend upon your Wife and my dear little grandson’s coming, the last Week in this Month or the first week in May, to tarry with us till she goes home to prepare for your Reception. This is the Favour we expect, but whether it will be granted, remains in Contemplation. I had the Pleasure a Day or two since of seeing this dear little Babe run alone. I am perswaded the Country Air and Exercise would contribute greatly to His Health and Strength. Your Sister Lincoln paid us a Visit this Week, but almost worn out with her constant Attendance upon a gloomy fretfull and sick Husband [missing portion] seems to be more and more a Burthen to himself and of Course to all about [more missing] is truly pitiable, and the more as it seems to be without Remedy.209

    A Revolution in our Braintree Politicks began at our election in March. Major or rather Colonel Thayer had not Interest enough to carry his Election, for Select Man and our Country Wits say, they have cut down the Tree in March, and intend to bark it in May, from whence it’s generally concluded your Cozn N. Quincy will supply his Place in the next general Assembly unless the Colonel Rum should prove strong enough to defeat the Designs of his Enemies.210 We have had a very favourable Winter upon the Whole; and this fortnight past some of the pleasantest Weather I ever knew at this Time of year; which makes me fear, least where you are, it may be [portion missing] tender Constitution.

    I am under some Concern least you should think the Contents [portion missing] not worth the Charge of Postage; which I will prevent by a private Conveyance if [portion missing] however, if the inclosed Letters to two of the principal Gentlemen in Philadelphia should procure you the same Civility and Politeness as was shown to me, I assure my Self you will have no Reason to regret, this otherwise impertinent Scribble of—

    Your affectionate Father

    Jos. Quincy

    P.S. All the Family send their Love and best Wishes for your safe Return