Washington 16. July 1821.
I received this morning your Letter from Wilmington, delighted to learn that you had got well on thus far—I send this to catch you at New-York—We are all as comfortably well as we can be without you—Antoine seems pretty well recovered. I got a Letter from W. S. Smith off Cape Henry, dated the 8th. Catherine had had a spice of Sea Sickness and got over it—W. D. Robinson by missing time had caused some detention, and nearly lost them a Midshipman and four men.
I enjoin positively upon Mary to write me a Letter at least once a week, until I come to join you—She must understand that I shall take no denial, and forgive no omission—As I have deprived her of the benefit of Madame Grelaud’s Instructions, I intend giving her some of my own—But she must begin and keep up the Correspondence.
Ever faithfully yours.
J. Q. Adams
We are going this Evening to a Concert of the Columbian Harmonee Society.
MHi: Adams Papers.