Washington 14 April 1815
My Dear Sir
It is always painful to be the bearer of bad tidings and yet it is a duty from which we cannot fly.—I have occasionally mentioned the dreadful state in which Lieut’ Clark has laid; that you might be prepared for that change, which was to release him from a world of suffering to a state of bliss—He terminated his life at eight o clock this morning after the most dreadful sufferings, but retained his senses to the last—Susan has borne the shock with as much fortitude as could possibly be expected and I hope will come to me in a few days—The funeral will take place tomorrow.—
The weather is intensely hot for the Season the thermometer above eighty.—and we are all in a state of debility and exhaustion in consequence of the sudden change you will therefore excuse my writing a very short Letter and subscribing myself as usual your dutiful and affectonate daughter
L. C Adams
MHi: Adams Papers.