Adams Papers

From Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams to John Quincy Adams, 20 July 1804

Washington July 20th: 1804

My most esteemed friend

I recieved yours of the fourth only two days since & cannot concieve the reason of your letters being so long on the road I scarcely ever get one under a fortnight your last I believe was owing to your not having sent it to the post office untill <eight> four days after it was written I know nothing that adds so cruelly to the bitterness of separation as a want of punctuality in writing—

Since my last we have heard of the dreadful fate of General Hamilton which seems to spread a general gloom his loss must be severely felt by his Country & friends and foes here unite in lamenting his <death> untimely death indeed my beloved friend the times are such I tremble to look forward and though you know my ambition I almost wish you were comfortably settled in your old profession free at least from the cares of Public life—

You have no doubt <of> heard of the Indians who are at this place two of them came here & sat an hour or two the day before yesterday they have visited most of the Ladies and are very polite & civil and remarkably handsome—the President has a Marquis in his Grounds and a guard stationed this is something quite new and has excited some wonder—

The Summer affects our Children considerably George has been quite unwell with a Bowel complaint <is> he is much better thought not perfectly recover’d John is much better & begins to gain flesh but the teeth are not yet through and it will be sometime ere he walks indeed I am not anxious that he should untill the two next months have elapsed—

Adieu my much loved friend. I am sorry to hear poor Shaw is suffering so severely tell him it is a sign he is growing rich and remember me to him kindly I enclose you Curtis’s Oration it is here very much admired believe me most affectionately yours,

L. C. Adams

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