Advice to son

June 19, 1855

Writing to William Lloyd Garrison, Jr.,  who is in Lynn, living with the Buffums.  “I hope you will strive in every way to make as little trouble as possible.  Every new addition to a family adds to the care thereof.  Be faithful in the discharge of your duties.  Punctuality, order, dispatch, accuracy — these are the qualities to be cultivated by every one engaging in active business.  Perform every task with cheerfulness and alacrity, and remember the Golden Rule constantly — ‘Do as you would be done by.’ … Be careful with whom you associate, and shun evil company as you would flee from the cholera.  Indulge in no vicious habit, and look well after your health and morals, in order that you might be happy, and set an example worthy of imitation.  Whenever or wherever you can be useful, be prompt to assist, even though at some inconvenience and trouble…”   1

1 Letters of William Lloyd Garrison – Volumes I – VI