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Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams, 14 March 1797

Louisa Catherine Johnson to John Quincy Adams

London March 14th 1797

I have repeatedly perused your letter of the 27 of February, which afforded me infinite pleasure, as it perfectly coincides with my sentiments—

Let me again assure you my best friend, that you shall never more be offended by an assertion of Spirit, that I in reality do not possess, and permit me to request, you will cease to mention a subject, which has already cost me so much pain, and for which I entreat your pardon— no sooner were those letters gone, than I repented my folly and was convinced my conduct was weak, and ridiculous.1 I therefore trust in your accustomed indulgence, to overlook and forgive the past, as I have long since and believe me, I shall carefully avoid every thing of the sort in future—

You tell me that you fear to mention your books, since the success of your recommendation, of Madame de Stael’s new Work.2 I expected this, and felt inclined to ask you to recommend such books as you thought might improve me, but I was fearful after what I had written, you might suppose I had no meaning in the request, and therefore pay no attention to it—but since you have mentioned it, I wish you would point out such as you think will be profitable, and I can assure you I shall feel myself much obliged— We hear nothing of the Election in America—but by a Gentleman lately arrived from New York, we understand there is a report, of Mr. Madissons being appointed Minister extraordinary to France, to settle the difference between that Country, and America3 I wish it may be true, as I think a war with France, or any Country, must be very injurious at this period to America—

All the family desire to be remembered— Mr: Bourne is not gone being detained by contrary winds—

Adieu— present my respects to your Brother, and be assured of the constant, and invariable affection, of your

Louisa C. Johnson

RC (Adams Papers).

1LCA was referring to the angry exchange of correspondence with JQA in Dec. 1796 and Jan. 1797, largely stemming from a suggestion in her letter of 29 Nov. 1796 that she and her family return to the United States via The Hague, for which see vol. 11:426–427, 451–454, 489–491, 503–505, 530–535.

2For Anne Louise Germaine, Baronne Staël von Holstein (Madame de Staël), De l’influence des passions sur le bonheur des individus et des nations, and LCA’s response to JQA’s recommendation that she read the work, see same, 11:512–513, 534.

3For the rumors regarding James Madison’s diplomatic posting to France, see same, 11:515–516.

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