15th April 1815
I send the Boys to your and your Fathers kind care. I hope they will not be obliged to stay long before they embark John thinks he must have a black handkerchief. the Ribbon you sent I took for my Bonnet. I want they should have their hair cut.
If they do not go immediatly on Board, I would have them call at mr Smiths, at mr Quincys at mr Halls and mrs Otis’s keep them in good order, and make them mind you.
I must confide in you to have their things kept together, their bags are in their trunks. I ought to have kept them, to have put those things in, which are in handkerchiefs and which I want returnd—Be so good as to take Georges pocket Book, and keep it till he goes on Board. he beg’d so hard to be trusted with the Family Letters that I have given them to him—
I am Dear Harriet / affectionatly yours.
John will take good care of his things—
MHi: Adams Papers.