Quincy, August 14th, 1823.
My dear young ladies—the Miss Quincy,
You have much better advisers than I can be—but I will venture suggest one line. As Nature will attach you sufficiently to your own contemporaries may I here suggest to you to seek the society and conversation of ladies and gentlemen older than yourselves. Such is the advice of your assured friend
Printed Source--M. A. DeWolfe Howe, ed., The Articulate Sisters (Cambridge, 1946)..