Thursday, July 20, 2006

Abigail Adams on Keeping Good Company

This is a quote from a letter written by Abigail Adams to her husband dated September 16, 1774.
 "It is at last determined that Mr. Rice keep the School here. Indeed he has kept ever since he has been here, but not with any expectation that He should be continued, but the people finding no small difference between him and his predecessor chose he should be continued. I have not sent Johnny. He goes very steadily to *Mr. Thaxter who I believe takes very good care of him, and as they seem to have a likeing to each other believe it will be best to continue him with him. However when you return we can then consult what will be best. I am certain that if he does not get so much good, he gets less harm, and I have always thought it  [illegible]  of very great importance that children should in the early part of life be unaccustomed to such examples as would tend to corrupt the purity of their words and actions that they may chill with horrour at the sound of an oath, and blush with indignation at an expression. These first principal[s] which grow with their growth and strengthen with their strength neither time nor custom can totally eradicate."
My thoughts exactly here in 2006!!!
*Mr. Thaxton was a personal tutor and a relative of the family
"Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals"
~1 Corinthians 15:33

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