1 June 1774492

    Boston, June 1st 1774. Wednesday Morning

    Dear Brother

    The Pamphlet you presented me yesterday was doubly acceptable, as the billet that accompanied it, assures me of your desire to live in amity with an only Brother. Such a testimony of your respect I cannot fail of remembering with pleasure.

    The Convulsions of the times is in nothing more to be lamented, than the interruption of domestic Harmony. We have hitherto, I trust, happily seconded the Friendship of Blood, by the Friendship of the Heart and Affections; and though our Intercourse is not so free or frequent as it could be wished, yet the caution we have preserved when together, in conversing on the Subject of Politicks, will continue to prevent a clashing of the fiercer Passions.

    Our natural Frame and Constitutions, though cast in the same mold, are not in all respects alike; nor is a difference in the turn of mind, among branches of the same Family an uncommon appearance. A love of Ease and Retirement (though not idle, nor unemployed in the valuable purposes of life) may be the predominant passion in One, while another, carried out by the Zeal and Fervor of Imagination, Strength of Genius, and love of Glory, shall snatch at the Wreaths of Fame through the Turmoils of public action. Both of these may nevertheless, be actuated by the purest principles of Virtue, and Integrity; nay more, equally serviceable, in that Community wherein providence has assigned them a Being.

    A State of Inaction, among Philosophers the Vis inertia, is in some degree a State of criminality. But Innocence ought never to be condemned, whether the Gem lies uncultivated in a dunghill, or is found polished in the Courts of princes. Ignominy cannot sully Virtue, which is the same in all conditions, and must ever challenge Respect. A consciousness therefore of having done his Duty, will support every Man against the Attacks of Obliquy and Reproach, even though he should meet with the Frowns and Contempt of the World, at a time when he ought to inhabit its Praise and Admiration.

    Our notions both of Government and Religion, may be variant, but perhaps are not altogether discordant. The Complexion of our external Conduct as Men and Citizens, may have it’s Cast from such Variance, but I hope cannot fairly be imputed to Either of Us, as a defect of Conscience or Uprightness of Intention. Want of Communication often produces a contrariety of Opinion, and is sometimes a Source of disquietude and division. Should we at any time disagree upon matters that require an Explanation, it will be my Study to obviate the Effect of such an Infelicity.

    God preserve you in health and longevity, the Friend and Patron, and at length the Father of your Country; and the Eclat of your own times record you with honor to the memory of the latest ages. And especially (the prayer nearest my heart) may you continue, and have reason to continue, the Friend and Companion of

    Your most cordially affectionate Brother,

    Saml. Quincy