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From John Quincy Adams to Caroline Amelia Smith De Windt, 26 March 1826

Washington 26 March 1826—

My dear Niece

I return the enclosed letter according to your desire, painfully regretting, that I can not consistently with my sense of my duties, comply with the wish of the writer; and yours in his behalf. The reasons of this I cannot fully explain to you, but I trust you will be assured they are not incompatible with that ardent and sincere affection to which you so forcibly appeal, & the power of which I acknowledge in every pulse of the heart—

I am Affectionately Yours—

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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