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From Joshua Johnson to John Quincy Adams, 1 December 1798

Geo. Town 1 December 1798

Dear Sir

The only Letter I have recievd from you since my arrival in this Country is dated the 11 October 1797 nor have I wrote you before waiting the arrangement of my affairs, that the Subject of my Letter might be more pleasing to us both, this is however not compleated, still I have the pleasure of letting you that I have succeded in getting my late Partners into an Arbitration & which will be finished before the 1 February, soon after which I hope to have my Property delivered up into my own hands & should the British Goverment restore me that which they have so cruelly detained from me, I will soon get rid of Mr. Delius & every other who has a Just claim on me, and after which from all that I can as yet see, I shall not be short in value to what I have told you, there will be for my Children. I will say nothing more to you at present on my affairs, more than that they are in the hands of Mr. Cranch your Relation who I am shure will be assiduous in Collecting them. Mrs. Johnson has receved from our Dear Child several Letters, from which we are informd that She has been extreamly Ill and unfortunate. the Prayers of her Sincerly affectionate Parents are rendered up to Heaven for her Speedy restoration to Health & that you both may be blest to the utmost extent of your wishes; a few Lines from you every now and then will be taken kind, if it only says how your Healths are.

Your informations being direct from the Fountain head is far superior to any that I can give you. I shall therefore confine myself mearly in letting you that the Seat of Goverment has not progrest as I expected to have found it. what it will do when Congress comes here I cannot say but [since then] I am not sanguine & as a proof of it I have not made any addition to the property I formerly held in it, tho I could have done it on good terms.

In respect to Family matters, your Dear Mother has long been indisposed & at one time so much so that we were much alarmed but by Letters Mrs. Johnson has Just received from her we are much releaved on her account. your Father is at Philadelphia and I hear pretty well. my little Woman and all the Girls are pretty well. Tom is better but he mends slowly & it remains very uncertain whether he will ever regain perfect Health again.

May every Blessing attend you & my Dearest Louisa to whom tender the Affectionate Love of her Mother, Sisters, Brother & Father accept the same yourself from each & believe me truly & sincerely my / Dear Sir / Your Affectionate

Joshua Johnson

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