Advice to a Young Lady

“Daughter! Get you an honest man for a husband, and keep him honest. 

No matter whether he is rich, provided he be independent.  Regard the honor and moral character of the man more than all other circumstances.  Think of no other greatness but that of the soul, no other riches but those of the heart. 

An honest, sensible, humane man, above all the littleness of vanity and extravagances of imagination, laboring to do good rather than be rich, to be useful rather than make a show, living in modest simplicity clearly within his means and free from debts and obligations, is really the most respectable man in society, makes himself and all about him most happy.”

                            (from a letter to Nabby Adams from her father, John Adams)


About Theresa

I live in an old farmhouse in upstate New York (no, *not* the big city!) in the country with my family, two dogs, two calves, and two horses. I love to cross stitch, quilt, read, and look at needlework blogs :) and I love coffee *and* tea!
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One Response to Advice to a Young Lady

  1. Christina says:

    Very interesting, Mom, but you need to add a few things to the list — like, say, builds you more bookshelves when you bring home 52 hardcovers from the library booksale last month!

    (I only read one of those so far, actually. The Zane Grey. Pathetic, isn’t it?)

    — Christina

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